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 The law in question required doctors to abide by very outdated FDA standards of use, which required doctors to use 3 times the dose medically necessary to induce abortion, it required women see their doctors three times to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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