Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ultrasound Law is Unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case on Oklahoma’s ultrasound law, allowing the Oklahoma court decision, that the law is unconstitutional, to stand. This is the second major anti-choice law to be declared unconstitutional in as many weeks, an almost unprecedented event in Oklahoma. Both cases were challenged by The Center for Reproductive Rights and The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice.

The law, challenged in 2010, would have forced doctors to show patients seeking abortions an ultrasound of the fetus. Laws like these are methods of increasing both the financial and emotional cost of abortions. Though we have seen a spike in this type of legislation in recent years, we are beginning to see many of these reproductive-rights-restricting laws being successfully challenged and defeated in court.

As we look forward to the upcoming legislative session, these failed anti-choice laws set a great precedent for legislators who year after year decline to let women manage their own family planning. We owe The Center for Reproductive Rights and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice a big thank you for taking up these cases and defending women’s freedom of choice in Oklahoma!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pro-Choice Oklahoman’s Have Reason to Celebrate (For Once)!

Big news on women's health in Oklahoma! 

In a rare victory, Oklahoman pro-choice advocates saw a major abortion restriction lifted this week. An antiquated Oklahoma law that put unreasonable restrictions on abortion inducing drugs has been struck down for good. Women in Oklahoma now have full access to safe and legal medication induced abortion. This is big news because this type of abortion is among the safest and least invasive methods of terminating a pregnancy. 

Thank You, Oklahoma Supreme Court Justices!

The law was ruled unconstitutional by the Oklahoma Supreme Court last December, but the ruling was challenged. This week the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case, allowing the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling to stand. The law in question required doctors to abide by very outdated FDA standards of use, which required doctors to use 3 times the dose medically necessary to induce abortion, it required women see their doctors three times to receive the medication, and it outlawed use past 7 weeks (differing from the medical community’s opinion that the medication is safe up to 9 weeks).

The restrictions were proposed under the guise of “protecting women’s health” but clearly it does just the opposite so we couldn’t be happier to see it go. Victories in the fight for reproductive justice are few and far between in Oklahoma so in the spirit of bodily autonomy, CHEERS!

Thanks to the 
Center for Reproductive Rights legal team and theOklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice serving as plaintiffs!

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