Court Puts Two New Abortion Laws on Hold in Oklahoma


The Oklahoma Supreme Court has blocked enforcement of two new state abortion laws. The court on Tuesday blocked enforcement of the laws until lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the measures are settled.

Both laws took effect Saturday after passing the Legislature earlier this year. One law requires abortion providers to have a doctor with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when abortions are performed. The other law prohibits off-label uses of abortion-inducing drugs by requiring doctors to administer them only in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocols.

The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Nova Health Systems filed one lawsuit and Dr. Larry Burns of Norman filed the other and asked the court to block the laws pending the outcome of those lawsuits.


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