“Anti-abortion activists found great encouragement in 2007, when the Supreme Court’s conservative majority abruptly departed from the high court’s recent precedents and upheld a federal ban on a particular method of abortion.
Soon, they began looking for other inventive restrictions on reproductive rights for testing in the courts.”
“In May, Okahoma state lawmakers approved a beaut: a law requiring that abortion providers fill out a 10-page questionnaire for each procedure, and that details of abortions be posted on a public Web site. Fortunately, last Monday, the Center for Reproductive Rights succeeded in obtaining a temporary restraining order from a state judge that blocks this new flanking maneuver on abortion from going into effect on Nov. 1.
What persuaded the judge was not the affront to women’s rights, but a technical defect: the law addressed disparate issues in one bill in violation of the state’s Constitution. Still, the victory for reproductive freedom is heartening”