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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Answers SCOTUS's Certified Questions: Statute Bans All Medication Abortions

Center for Reproductive Rights press release: Oklahoma Supreme Court Confirms Unconstitutional State Law Acts as a Total Ban on All Medication Abortion:

Ruling is in response to request from U.S. Supreme Court

In answering certified questions from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has definitively ruled today that the state’s restrictions on medication abortion are unconstitutional because the law “restricts the long-respected medical discretion of physicians” and effectively bans medication abortions and the non-surgical treatment of women with ectopic pregnancies. . . .

SCOTUS blog: Oklahoma Abortion Law Explained, by Lyle Denniston:

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled today that a 2011 state law — now awaiting review by the Supreme Court — is so broad that it would outlaw all abortions done with medications, rather than surgery.  The state court was answering two questions sent to it by the Justices last June, when they agreed to hear a case defending the law’s constitutionality (Cline, et al., v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, et al., docket 12-1094). . . .

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