Judge Blocks Oklahoma Law Restricting Medication Abortion

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Center for Reproductive Rights Lawsuit Says Law Sacrifices Women’s Health to Ideological Agenda
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(PRESS RELEASE) The judge overseeing a lawsuit brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights to overturn a law severely restricting the use of medications to terminate pregnancies has granted a temporary injunction blocking the law’s enforcement.

Today’s decision, handed down by Oklahoma County District Judge Daniel Owens, means that women seeking pregnancy terminations in Oklahoma will continue to have access to a medical protocol based on scientific evidence, sound medical judgment, and advances in medicine, and to medication as a non—surgical treatment option for some women with ectopic pregnancy.

The Center for Reproductive Rights filed the lawsuit on October 5 on behalf of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the availability of the full range of reproductive healthcare services to women throughout the state, and Nova Health Systems (d/b/a Reproductive Services), a non-profit reproductive healthcare facility located in Tulsa

“We are extremely pleased that women in Oklahoma will continue to have access to treatment options for pregnancy terminations that have been widely recognized as safe and effective by medical experts and organizations around the world,” said Michelle Movahed, staff attorney for the Center. “Anti-choice lawmakers in Oklahoma have made it clear that they’re content to sacrifice women’s health, well-being, and constitutional rights in their relentless efforts to choke off access to the full range of reproductive health services. We will continue to fight to protect women’s access to health care from these assaults, and to get this law overturned once and for all.”

The lawsuit asserts the law not only jeopardizes women’s health, but also undermines their ability to exercise the full range of their constitutionally protected reproductive rights. By prohibiting uses of medications that are supported by abundant scientific evidence and the considered opinions of the World Health Organization and other medical organizations and experts worldwide, the suit argues, the law singles out women seeking abortion and treatment for ectopic pregnancy and their doctors for arbitrary restrictions that jeopardize their health in service of purely ideological aims.