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US Oklahoma Judge Blocks Law Banning Abortion at 6 Weeks, Upholds Restrictions on Pill Abortion

04:40  05 october  2021
04:40  05 october  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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An Oklahoma County court dealt a blow to abortion rights on Friday, becoming the first in the country to uphold a state ban on a common procedure to terminate pregnancy in the second trimester. Laws like Oklahoma ’s are part of a nationwide push to challenge abortion at the state level. This conservative effort has been met by equally determined progressive lawyers and activists, who aren’t backing down without a fight. “ Oklahoma ’s law is part of this orchestrated national strategy that we’ve seen where states are passing hundreds of restrictions on abortion [including] these kinds of D

The state passed a law in the 2000s banning abortions after 22 weeks because they alleged that fetus can feel pain.[16] The state was one of 23 states in 2007 to have a detailed abortion -specific informed consent requirement.[17] The law required materials be created by the state's health development.[18] In the informed consent materials given to On April 6 , federal judge Charles Barnes Goodwin blocked the executive order, ruling that the state acted in an arbitrary, unreasonable, and oppressive way, which posed an undue burden on abortion access in Oklahoma .[29].

An Oklahoma judge temporarily blocked two new abortion laws from taking effect in November, including one that bans the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy, but upheld three others.

While District Judge Cindy Truong blocked two anti-abortion laws, she allowed three others that restrict medication-induced abortions and require doctors who perform abortions to be board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology to move forward, according to the Associated Press. Pictured are anti-abortion activists who try to block the signs of pro-choice activists in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2018 March for Life January 19, 2018, in Washington, DC. © Alex Wong/Getty Images While District Judge Cindy Truong blocked two anti-abortion laws, she allowed three others that restrict medication-induced abortions and require doctors who perform abortions to be board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology to move forward, according to the Associated Press. Pictured are anti-abortion activists who try to block the signs of pro-choice activists in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2018 March for Life January 19, 2018, in Washington, DC.

While District Judge Cindy Truong blocked two anti-abortion laws, she allowed three others that restrict medication-induced abortions and require doctors who perform abortions to be board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology to move forward, according to the Associated Press.

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An Oklahoma judge on Friday upheld a ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure in what abortion rights proponents decried as a "rogue" decision that will threaten the reproductive rights of women throughout the state. Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong ruled from the bench following arguments over the ban approved by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law in 2015. "It's essentially a back-door ban on abortion itself," said Julie Rikelman, director of litigation for the Center for Reproductive Rights, a New York-based abortion rights group that

Attempts to Ban Abortion at 6 Weeks Have Surged. 6 - week abortion bans are nothing new — but in 2019, their number has increased at an unprecedented pace. In 2011, Ohio politicians introduced the nation’s first 6 - week ban (and have since proposed four similar bills). Ohio’s initial attempts never went into effect, but they paved the way for other states to push North Dakota was the first state to enact a ban on abortion at six weeks in 2013. Iowa became the second in 2018. Courts blocked both laws for being unconstitutional, but the 6 - week bans have kept coming — and their numbers have skyrocketed.

Rabia Muqaddam, a staff attorney for the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which challenged the five new Oklahoma laws said the laws would severely limit access to abortion services.

"The OB-GYN requirement will immediately disqualify more than half of the doctors providing abortions in the state," said Muqaddam. "Every day that law remains in effect, we're talking about really catastrophic fallout."

Restrictions included in the pill abortion bill include requirements such as admitting privileges and ultrasounds that have previously been struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, AP reported.

Clinics in Oklahoma have already been inundated with patients from Texas where abortions have been illegal since September 1 if medical professionals detect a fetal heartbeat.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma judge has upheld a ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure in what abortion rights proponents decried as a “rogue” decision that will threaten the reproductive rights of women across the state. Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong ruled from the bench Friday following arguments over the ban approved by the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature in 2015. The bill would prevent the use of instruments used in certain dilation and evacuation procedures commonly performed in the second trimester.

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In August, 11 women from the state received abortion services at Trust Women clinic in Oklahoma City, but the number increased to 110 in September, according to Rebecca Tong, co-executive director of Trust Women.

Other states like Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana and New Mexico are also reporting similar increases, according to AP.

State Sen. Julie Daniels, a Republican who sponsored the majority of the anti-abortion bills in Oklahoma, said the laws are to make abortions safer but ultimately, she hopes to save the lives of fetuses.

"My goal has always been to save the life of the unborn child and return these decisions to the states where they rightfully belong," Daniels said.

According to a 2019 Associated Press analysis of state and federal data, at least 276,000 women received abortions outside of their home states between 2012 and 2017.

As legislation that limits abortion access continues to pass, the numbers are expected to continue rising.

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Delaware Law : Two restrictive abortion laws were defeated in committee earlier this year. A Republican state lawmaker introduced two anti- abortion laws in January — one would ban abortions after 20 weeks , while the other would require women to see an ultrasound before they get an abortion . Under the proposed law , there would be no restrictions on getting an abortion , and a woman could get an abortion at any time during her pregnancy for any reason. The bill is still in a House committee.

An Oklahoma judge upheld a law Friday banning a common abortion method for second trimester abortions . Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong upheld a 2015 Oklahoma law banning the dilation and evacuation method, CBS News reported. The law will go into effect as soon as courts issue a final order. The dilation and evacuation procedure is used for second trimester abortions when women are between 13 and 24 weeks pregnant. Dilation and evacuation involves pulling apart the limbs of an unborn baby in order to allow the limbs to be extracted from the womb.

"Oklahoma clinics were already inundated with patients from both Texas and Oklahoma, and if these laws take effect, many Oklahoma abortion providers won't be able to provide care," said Dr. Alan Braid, the owner of Tulsa Women's Reproductive Clinic, in a statement. Braid was the first doctor to be sued under the new Texas law. "Where will all these patients go? Politicians are trying to trap them, and they are succeeding. But we will not stop fighting these restrictions."

The Center for Reproductive Rights plans to appeal the judge's ruling to the Oklahoma Supreme Court after a formal agreement is reached with the state's attorney's general office, Muqaddam told AP.

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