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Attorney general wins court challenge of controversial abortion law

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma attorney general says a bill that would put more restrictions on abortions is moving forward.

Last year, a battle was brewing between doctors and legislators.

The state law requires a doctor with admitting privileges at a hospital to be on site when an abortion is performed.

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.”

Dr. Burns, who performs more than half of all abortions in the state, says the bill would essentially put him out of business.

“These are really shammed laws that have been passed by politicians who are looking to shut down clinics that have nothing to do with women’s health or safety,” Center for Reproductive Rights attorney Genevieve Scott said.

On Thursday, Attorney General Scott Pruitt said his office has prevailed in a court challenge of the law.

“Oklahoma lawmakers passed this bill to protect the health and safety of Oklahoma women requiring quick and efficient emergency care. The law requires abortion facilities to follow health and safety protocols similar to those for outpatient surgical centers and birthing centers. We are pleased that the court agreed with us that this bill is constitutional. The attorney general’s office will continue to defend this law and others enacted to protect Oklahomans’ health and safety,” Attorney General Pruitt said.