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Supreme Court rebuffs Oklahoma on yet another abortion case

The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear a case on yet another Oklahoma abortion restriction that was ruled unconstitutional by a lower court.

The high court dismissed the request from state officials to reverse a lower court's decision to permanently strike down a law mandating that women seeking to end a pregnancy first undergo a narrated ultrasound. In that ruling, an Oklahoma state court found that the law violated the principles of medical ethics by requiring physicians to provide "unnecessary and unwanted services to patients," placed an undue burden on women seeking the procedure and violated the state constitution.

This is the second case in as many weeks that the justices have refused to hear on an Oklahoma abortion restriction. Last week, the top court rejected the state's request that it review a law banning medication abortions in the state.

Reproductive rights advocates celebrated the high court's decision not to hear the case, calling it a clear indication that the court acknowledges the unconstitutional nature of such laws.

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