Oklahoma | In the News

Op-ed calls for 'evidence-based medicine to meet with evidence-based legislating'
Despite the Supreme Court's decision to strike down provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to update the label for medication abortion, Texas health officials in June "published a revised draft of the pamphlet that state law requires physicians to provide to all women seeking abortion services, reminding us that anti-choice politicians are still finding ways to interfere in patient-provider interactions," Liz Borkowski and Amy Allina write in an opinion piece for Rewire.

Texas abortion providers evaluate reopening after SCOTUS ruling; decision could be used to strike down TRAP laws elsewhere
Texas providers who are interested in reopening facilities that closed under the law are determining how to proceed in light of the Supreme Court's ruling, which struck down contested provisions of Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the New York Times reports.

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"Since Texas cut Planned Parenthood's HIV program, Houston hasn't tested a single person," (Cauterucci, "XX Factor," Slate, 6/10); "Oklahoma is siphoning money from schools and pouring it into an anti-abortion curriculum," (Caplan-Bricker, "XX Factor," Slate, 6/13).

Okla. gov. signs antiabortion-rights bill
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Monday signed into law a bill (HB 2797) that mandates public schools promote an antiabortion-rights agenda, KFOR-TV reports.

Women increasingly travel out-of-state to access abortion care
Amid a surge of antiabortion-rights laws and clinic closures in the "abortion desert" between Florida and New Mexico and up into the Midwest, women increasingly are forced to travel to other states to access abortion care, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Oklahoma | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice v. Cline
State court challenge to an Oklahoma law, passed in 2011, that would impose severe restrictions on the use of mifepristone for medication abortion.

Burns v. Cline
State court challenge to an Oklahoma law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of where the procedure is performed.

Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice v. Cline
State court challenge to an Oklahoma law, passed in 2014, that imposes restrictions on medication abortion, including forcing physicians to administer medication in an outdated manner, requiring several in-person visits with a provider, and limiting provision of medication abortion to no more than 49 days' gestation.

Nova Health Systems v. Cline et al.
State court challenge to an Oklahoma law which bans the most commonly used method of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester and lengthens the state's mandatory waiting period from 24 to 72 hours.

Burns v. Cline
State court challenge to an Oklahoma law that imposes multiple restrictions on abortion providers and patients, including parental consent for minors seeking an abortion; fetal tissue preservation; inspection of clinics; and criminal liability for abortion providers.

Adams & Boyle, P.C. v. Slatery
Federal court challenge to three Tennessee laws that would require all physicians providing abortion care in Tennessee to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital; require reproductive health care facilities that provide more than 50 surgical abortions per year to meet ambulatory surgical center standards; and force women to delay care by 48 hours and make two trips to their health care provider in order to obtain abortion care.

Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice v. Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy
State court challenge to a provision in an Oklahoma law (HB 2226) that requires women 17 and older to show identification to a pharmacist in order to obtain Plan B One-Step and generic emergency contraceptives and requires those under 17 to have a prescription to obtain them.

Nova Health Systems v. Pruitt
State court challenge to an Oklahoma law that prohibits a woman from getting an abortion unless she first has an ultrasound and listens to her doctor describe the image in detail.

Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma v. Cline
Federal court challenge to an Oklahoma Department of Health decision to exclude Planned Parenthood from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which provides food and resources to low-income pregnant women, new mothers, and children.

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