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Oklahoma judge permanently strikes down state restrictions on emergency contraception

Another of the state's unconstitutional restrictions on women's access to reproductive healthcare bites the dust


Katie McDonough
January 24, 2014 8:39PM (UTC)

An Oklahoma district court judge ruled late Wednesday to permanently strike down an unconstitutional state law restricting women and girls' access to emergency contraception. Judge Lisa Davis found that the law violated the state’s “single-subject rule,” which prohibits legislators from addressing unrelated issues in one law.

Oklahoma politicians added a provision restricting women and girls' access to a law focused on regulating health insurance benefit forms. The measure required women to provide proof of age in order to obtain emergency contraception, and required anyone under the age of 17 to have a prescription to access emergency contraception. Prior to the ruling striking down the measure, Oklahoma was one of nine states with laws restricting women's access to Plan B One-Step other generics emergency contraceptives.

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“This unconstitutional provision was nothing more than an attempt by hostile politicians to stand in the way of science and cast aside their state’s constitution to block women’s access to safe and effective birth control," said David Brown, staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, the group behind the legal challenge.

“We hope the court’s ruling sends yet another strong message to politicians in Oklahoma that these underhanded tactics are as unconstitutional and deceptive as they are harmful to women in their state.”

In November, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear Oklahoma's appeal seeking to reinstate its law banning medication abortions, which was also found to be unconstitutional by a lower court.

 


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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