OKLAHOMA CITY – A organization is asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to block a measure that would close abortion clinics in the state.
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.”
“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.
Dr. Burns, who performs more than half of all abortions in the state, says the bill would essentially put him out of business.
On Thursday, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a motion, asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to permanently block the law.
The law has not taken effect because the Oklahoma Supreme Court blocked the measure in 2014 while litigation in lower courts continued.
The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering the legality of a similar law in Texas.
A ruling is expected before the end of the Court’s term.