Oklahoma judge grants injunction on Plan B age restrictions

[JURIST] An Oklahoma County District Court [official website] judge on Monday granted an injunction [docket] of Oklahoma House Bill 2226 [legislative history], a state law that requires minors to obtain a prescription for emergency contraception. HB 2226 was challenged by the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice [advocacy website], amongst others, on the grounds that it violates recent controversial FDA regulations [JURIST report] that lifted the age requirement. The injunction and temporary restraining order will halt the enforcement of the law until the suit is concluded. Center for Reproductive Rights [advocacy website] staff attorney David Brown celebrated the announcement, saying [advocacy website, press release], "Oklahoma women may rest assured that they will not be denied access to this important means of preventing unintended pregnancy."

The lawsuit [JURIST report] is the latest challenge to reproductive rights-related legislation adopted in Oklahoma. Prior to the passage of HB 2226 in May of this year, the text of the law was attached to another statute governing insurance forms. It was struck down for breaking the state's constitutional one-issue rule, requiring all laws to address only one subject. In July JURIST Guest Columnist Adam Banner discussed [JURIST op-ed] an order by the US Supreme Court [official website] for the Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] to clarify its ruling [JURIST reports] in Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice v. Cline [opinion], which ruled that Oklahoma's HB 1970 [text], a law attempting to regulate the use of "abortion-inducing" pills, was an undue burden on a woman's right to choose to have an abortion.

 

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