Oklahoma Supreme Court puts two abortion bills on hold
OKLAHOMA CITY – Two laws that would have restricted abortions in the Sooner State have been put on hold by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
The Oklahoma Coalition of Reproductive Justice and Nova Health Systems filed a lawsuit against House Bill 2684, alleging that it violated the state’s Constitution.
House Bill 2684 required a “physician that has the ability to assess the duration of pregnancy, diagnose ectopic pregnancies, is able to provide or has plans in place to provide surgical care, and has access to medical facilities equipped to provide blood transfusions and resuscitation may provide an abortion inducing drug.”
On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court refused to issue a ruling on the case.
However, it put the law, which went into effect on Saturday, on hold until the litigation at a lower court was finalized.
“This Court temporarily enjoins enforcement of the Act until the constitutionality of the Act is fully and finally litigated,” the Court’s opinion said. ” This matter is remanded to the trial court for determination of the constitutional challenge to the Act to be memorialized by findings of fact and conclusions of law. This Court expresses no opinion concerning the validity of the Act.”
In addition to House Bill 2684, the Oklahoma Supreme Court also put another abortion bill on hold.
Dr. Larry Burns filed a lawsuit against Senate Bill 1848, saying that bill was also unconstitutional.
Senate Bill 1848 requires an “abortion facility to have a physician on the premises during an abortion procedure that has admitting privileges at a general medical surgical hospital, which offers obstetrical or gynecological care, within 30 miles of the facility.”
The court also refused to issue an opinion, but put the law on hold.
Supporters are praising the court’s actions.
“We are pleased that the Oklahoma Supreme Court has enjoined both bills. We became a plaintiff in the legal challenge to the bill restricting medication abortion to an out-of-date method because we believe women in Oklahoma deserve better. We deserve the best medical care, determined by our own physicians, not by the Oklahoma state legislature,” said Martha Skeeters, president of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice.