Nation in brief: Abortion law overturned

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2009

Oklahoma City – An Oklahoma judge on Tuesday overturned a state law that required women seeking an abortion to receive an ultrasound and a doctor’s description of the fetus.

Oklahoma County District Judge Vicki Robertson said the law violated constitutional requirements that legislative measures deal only with one subject. She did not rule on the validity of the ultrasound provisions.

Special Assistant Attorney General Teresa Collett said she will meet with state officials to discuss whether to appeal. The law was passed in 2008, but legal action has prevented it from going into effect.

Former CEO closer to Boxer challenge

Sacramento, Calif. – Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina inched closer Tuesday toward a run for U.S. Senate next year, filing paperwork that will allow her to begin raising money for polling, political consultants and other preparations as she nears a formal decision in the next several weeks.

Fiorina, a Republican who served as a top surrogate in the state to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, has strongly signaled that she will challenge Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., in 2010.

On Tuesday, she announced that she has filed forms with the IRS to create a political bank account, which she is calling “Carly for California.”


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