An attorney for the Tulsa clinic challenging a 2008 Oklahoma abortion law said she believes the state’s highest court will agree with the lower court that the law is unconstitutional.
Stephanie Toti, an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights, was reacting to Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson’s announcement Wednesday that the state will appeal Oklahoma County District Judge Vicki Robertson’s ruling. Robertson concluded that the law violates a provision in the Oklahoma Constitution that prohibits measures containing multiple subjects.
Toti expressed disappointment at Edmondson’s decision, but said, “We are confident that the Oklahoma Supreme Court will affirm the sound decision rendered by the district court.”
The Center, based in New York City, represented Reproductive Services of Tulsa, which is operated by Nova Health Systems.
“This law, which demeans women’s capacity to make decisions and threatens abortion providers with arbitrary criminal sanctions, plainly violates the Oklahoma Constitution,” Toti said. “The district court’s decision to strike it down was a victory for the rule of law.”