Oklahoma

Oklahoma | In the News

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"Oklahoma finds an absurd new way to make it impossible to get an abortion" (Cesca, Salon, 4/26).

NYT lambasts 'plainly unconstitutional' Okla. abortion ban
Oklahoma lawmakers "wanted to ban abortion, so they voted effectively to do just that -- without offering any pretense of trying to protect women's health, as supporters of other virulent anti-choice laws in states like Texas have done," a New York Times editorial states.

Okla. House advances bill targeting licenses of physicians who provide abortion care
The Oklahoma House on Thursday voted 59-9 to approve a bill (SB 1552) that would bar physicians who provide abortion care in most cases from obtaining or renewing a medical license in the state, the Washington Post's "Morning Mix" reports.

Obama administration warns states that Medicaid cuts to abortion providers could violate federal law
In a letter sent Tuesday, the Obama administration warned officials in every state that efforts to cut abortion providers out of Medicaid could violate federal law, the Washington Post reports.

Okla. Senate passes bill banning abortion based on fetal disability diagnosis
The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday voted 39-6 to advance a bill (HB 3128) that would prohibit abortion care sought because a fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome or another genetic anomaly, the AP/Sacramento Bee 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in 2014, that imposes restrictions on medication abortion, including forcing physicians to administer medication in an outdated manner, requiring several in-person visits with a provider, and limiting provision of medication abortion to no more than 49 days' gestation.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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