The Oklahoma Supreme Court has blocked three pro-life laws scheduled to take effect on November 1, 2021. According to a local NBC affiliate, the 5-3 ruling granted a temporary injunction after pro-abortion groups appealed the previous ruling of District Judge Cindy Truong in favor of the pro-life laws.
According to the Associated Press, one of the laws — House Bill 1904 — would have required that all abortionists in Oklahoma be board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, meaning about half of all abortionists in the state would have been disqualified from continuing to commit abortions.
This means that half of all of the abortionists working in the state of Oklahoma are not OB/GYNS. It is unclear what medicine they specialize in or if they are even physicians; however, in Louisiana, an ophthalmologist and a radiologist were both found to be committing abortions. As more states pass laws to allow not only non-OBGYNs to commit abortions, but non-physicians as well, women are put at greater risk of injury and death.
The other two laws would have placed restrictions on the use of the abortion pill. Senate Bill 778, the Oklahoma Abortion-Inducing Drug Risk Protocol Act, would have ensured that abortion-inducing chemicals only be distributed by qualified doctors following specific procedures — including an exam of the woman, verification of pregnancy, gestational age verification, pregnancy location to rule out ectopic pregnancy, and determination of woman’s blood type and Rh status. The abortion pill has been shown to be four times more dangerous to women than a first-trimester surgical abortion, and “no-test abortion” puts women at greater risk. In addition, Oklahoma abortionists would have had to inform the mother that she may see the remains of her child in the process of the abortion.
Senate Bill 779, the Oklahoma Abortion-Inducing Drug Certification Program, would have ensured that abortionists who distribute the abortion pill are educated on the pill regimen and side effects. It would have also prohibited the distribution of the abortion pill through the mail.
After the laws were signed by the governor, pro-abortion organizations including The Center for Reproductive Rights, several Planned Parenthood affiliates, the Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Rights, and the Tulas Women’s Reproductive Clinic filed a lawsuit claiming the laws violated the state constitution. Earlier this month, Truong temporarily blocked two other pro-life laws from taking effect including House Bill 2441 that would have restricted abortion to before a preborn child’s heartbeat is detectable.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court’s ruling is expected to be appealed.
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