Oklahoma rights group challenges law limiting sale of emergency contraception Julie Deisher at 9:36 AM ET
[JURIST] The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice (OCRJ) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [case information] in the Oklahoma County District Court on Thursday to block enforcement of HB 2226 [text, PDF], a state law limiting the availability of "morning-after" emergency contraceptives. Specifically, the law forbids pharmacists from dispensing emergency contraceptives to women younger than 17 unless they have a prescription. Pharmacists may still provide emergency contraceptives to women 17 and older without a prescription. The OCRJ argues [press release] that the law clearly violates the Oklahoma Constitution
s "single-subject rule" [text], which provides that all laws passed by Oklahoma's legislature may only "embrace" one subject, which should be clearly expressed in its title. HB 2226 began [legislative materials] as a bill concerned with regulating health insurance benefit forms, but the emergency contraception language was added in May shortly before it was signed into law.
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