New controversy over contraception
OKLAHOMA CITY—A new controversy is surrounding a hot button issue just days before a crucial election.
A bill passed last year changed the classification of whether or not certain drugs that end a pregnancy should be considered birth control.
However, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ultimately trumped that law.
Now some legislatures are pushing to have the court’s ruling reversed.
Brittany Novotny said, “This does infringe on a woman’s constitutionally protected right.”
Attorney Brittany Novotny is sounding off on a controversial legal brief that was recently filed by Oklahoma legislators.
House Bill 1970 focuses on regulating what some call abortion-inducing drugs, passed last year.
Under the bill, all the drugs have the same classification.
Recently, the Oklahoma Supreme Court mandated a change in some of the statues, separating the classifications.
In a chain reaction, dozens of lawmakers from the Senate and House filed the brief, hoping to reverse that mandate.
The controversy has many Oklahomans taking sides on the issue.
Kendra Pinkston said, “It should be there for emergencies and in case of rape or extreme cases of trauma but I don’t think it should be used as a backup for laziness.”
Caple Spence said, “There are not many other laws that determine how people are able to take care of their own body so I don’t think we should necessarily regulate a gender specific issue.”
Brittany Novotny said, “The constitution protects that and the Supreme Court has held it time and time again.”
Novotny says fighting the issue is not only wasting time but also tax payer’s money.
She said, “Anytime these bills continue to get passed, it’s going to keep costing tax payers; to have to defend the lawsuits that are inevitable once they are passed.”
The Oklahoma Supreme Court will now decide what happens next.