Court Halts New Abortion Laws in Oklahoma

Court Halts New Abortion Laws in Oklahoma

(TargetLiberty.org) – Oklahoma’s Supreme Court has blocked three new abortion laws, just days before they were due to come into force. Abortion providers are claiming a victory for women’s rights – but some lawmakers worry lives are being put at risk.

On October 25, the Oklahoma Supreme Court voted 5-3 to put a temporary hold on three new laws regulating pregnancy termination. Two of the laws would have placed new restrictions on abortion-inducing medications. Other key points of the laws were that they would have required abortionists to be certified in OB-GYN, restricted the procedure after the first trimester to hospitals, and forced doctors to inform patients of any potential complications from the procedure. Critics of the laws say they would have shut down half the abortion clinics in Oklahoma.

However, the Oklahoma laws stand to do more than protect the lives of unborn children. They could also help ensure pregnant women are aware of the risks of abortion, and that doctors examine them properly to make sure they don’t have any conditions that could increase those risks. The new laws could pave the way for major changes – if Planned Parenthood and its allies give them a chance.

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