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Oklahoma Medication Abortion Bill Permanently Blocked

Oklahoma Medication Abortion Bill Permanently Blocked

On Friday an Oklahoma County District Judge ruled that a bill that restricted access to medication abortion was unconstitutional and cannot be enforced.

The law had been temporarily blocked since October and would have banned any off-label use of medications for abortion, including treatment of ectopic pregnancies but explicitly allow the off-label use of the same medication for other purposes.

But Judge Donald Worthington ruled that by singling out off-label use of medications for abortion services the bill’s restrictions are “so completely at odds with the standard that governs the practice of medicine that [the bill] can serve no purpose other than to prevent women from obtaining abortions and to punish ad discriminate against those women who do.”

The Center for Reproductive Rights filed the legal challenge originally and on behalf of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Nova Health Systems. Both are non-profits dedicated to providing a full range of reproductive health care services to women in the state of Oklahoma.

CRR president and CEO issued the following statement in response.

This decision adds to a growing list of state and federal courts that have reaffirmed in no uncertain terms that reproductive rights are fundamental constitutional rights that must be afforded the strongest possible legal protection.

It sends a strong message to anti-choice legislators in Oklahoma and beyond that their disingenuous tactics for restricting access to abortion and their hostility toward women’s fundamental rights will not stand. The court has made it clear this law was never about protecting women. It was about banning safe and effective methods of terminating a pregnancy, and making it impossible for women to exercise the full range of their constitutionally protected rights.

The ruling is a definitive win for women in the state and reinforces the truth that singling out abortion services for restriction is simply the right’s way of letting women know conservatives don’t believe in bodily autonomy for women.

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8:07AM PDT on May 16, 2012

Let's hope this trend for the sake of women AND men leads to better treatment of both. We all need each other.

11:30PM PDT on May 15, 2012

Go Judge!! Thanks for the good news.

6:53PM PDT on May 15, 2012

small steps... we must move forward.

5:48PM PDT on May 15, 2012

It is a womens right!

4:29PM PDT on May 15, 2012

Why is it that it seems every man in the goverment wants to take away women's rights, its our decision what we do to our bodies, not the goverment...this has gone on for years and it needs to stop like yesterday...

2:26PM PDT on May 15, 2012

welcome to the 20th century...Now start thinking about going into the 21st century...one small step for woman kind...maybe some day there will be a woman on the moon? Hopefully, we will get a woman (real one not the fluff Repubs have run) in the white house sooner than that!

1:45PM PDT on May 15, 2012

I guess the Internet finally reached Oklahoma

11:52AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Thank you for he article...

7:54AM PDT on May 15, 2012

kudos to the judge for resisting the politicians and the theocratic right.

7:27AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Judge Donald Worthington, you sir, are a gent!
I hope this keeps up :)

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