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Oklahoma | In the News

10th Circuit Stays Contraceptive Coverage Ruling While Challengers Seek SCOTUS Review
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted a request to stay its earlier ruling upholding the accommodation while opponents of the contraceptive coverage rules ask the Supreme Court to consider their case, Reuters reports.

Featured Blogs
"Michigan Republican: Ban Common Second-Trimester Abortion Procedure" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 8/21); "Federal Appeals Courts Unanimous in Support of Obamacare's Birth Control Accommodation," (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 8/24); "No, Defunding Planned Parenthood Wouldn't Make Colorado Better" (Salzman, Huffington Post blog, 8/21).

Okla. Judge Blocks Medication Abortion Restriction
An Oklahoma judge on Monday struck down a state law (HB 2684) that aimed to limit medication abortion, ruling that the law was unconstitutional because such restrictions are not applied to other medications, Reuters reports.

Featured Blogs
"States Enact 51 Abortion Restrictions in First Half of 2015: Mid-Year Analysis," (Nash/Benson Gold, RH Reality Check, 7/14); "How Crisis Pregnancy Centers Are Using Taxpayer Dollars To Lie to Women," (Kutner, Salon, 7/14); "The Battle To Bring Sex Education to the City With the Second Highest STD Rate in the Country," (Lerner, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/16).

Okla. Judge Postpones Ruling on Admitting Privileges Law, Leaves Injunction in Place Until 2016
An Oklahoma County judge on Thursday said more information is needed to answer questions presented in a lawsuit challenging an antiabortion-rights law (SB 1848), effectively leaving in place an injunction against the law until at least 2016, the Tulsa World 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. 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.

Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice v. Cline
State court challenge to an Oklahoma law 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.

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. Terry Cline
Challenge to an Oklahoma law that would impose severe restrictions on use of mifepristone for medication abortion.

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