“OK news from Oklahoma: the scandalously transparent law we covered October 7, which requires the collection — and “anonymous” public sharing — of abortion patients’ personal data, will, at least, not go into effect as scheduled on November 1. This delay should give anti-choice forces extra time to snip out some more scarlet As for the women of Oklahoma.
What’s happened, as Dionne Scott of the Center for Reproductive Rights explained it to Broadsheet today: The CRR, who filed suit against the law on behalf of two local women, requested a temporary restraining order (TRO) to prevent the law from going into effect as the wrangling went on.
In response, a judge set a hearing for October 30 — and then, for reasons unclear, recused herself from the case. The new judge, Twyla Mason Gray of the Oklahoma County District Court, ignoring the TRO request itself, granted the state’s request for an extension on that hearing, moving it to December 4. Yes: this would allow the law to be in effect for a month before anyone could order it restrained. (Indeed, CRR attorney Jennifer Mondino called the move ‘very unusual.’) So the CRR, no doubt delighted to have found something to do with all the time on its hands, filed a motion opposing that extension and saying, ‘Also, about that TRO?’ Result, late this Monday: Judge Gray kept the December 4 date — this just for the TRO hearing, mind you — but did stay the law for now.”