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The Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously ruled Tuesday a citizen-led effort to outlaw abortion in the state is unconstitutional.

In the ruling, the state’s high court cited the 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld the constitutional right to an abortion.

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A New York-based abortion rights group has asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to permanently block a law it claims is designed to shut down abortion clinics in the state.

The Center for Reproductive Rights Thursday asked the state's highest court to block a law requiring abortion providers to have a physician with local hospital admitting privileges present when abortions are performed.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a 2014 law restricting the use of certain abortion-inducing drugs is constitutional. After Tuesday’s ruling, a lower court will now review other challenges to the measure.

The law requires Oklahoma doctors to follow the original U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol for two drugs used to terminate a pregnancy in the early stages, despite studies that have found it’s just as effective to take the drugs in smaller doses for up to two weeks later than what’s currently approved by the FDA.

The scene in front of clinics where abortions are performed is often tense, with clinic workers escorting patients past activists waving signs and taking photographs.

But increasingly, another drama is unfolding out back. There, abortion opponents dig through the trash in search of patient information.

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The Oklahoma County District Court will take up the constitutionality of an Oklahoma law that restricts non-surgical abortions in a hearing on Monday. 

The law restricts medication abortions after 49 days of pregnancy. 

Governor Mary Fallin signed the bill into law last year but it was blocked by the state Supreme Court. 

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U.S. Sen. James Lankford is introducing a bill to end all taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood unless the organization stops performing all abortions.

Lankford announced Wednesday he has introduced the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which would impose a one-year moratorium on federal funding to the organization unless it stops providing abortions.

Planned Parenthood provides a variety of non-abortion health services, including health screenings, family planning and adoption referrals at several clinics in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma has become the second state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed the legislation Monday after it was overwhelmingly approved by the House and Senate.

The abortion measure prohibits doctors from using forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments on a live fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces. Such instruments are used in dilation and evacuation procedures performed in the second trimester.

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Oklahoma would become the fourth state in the country to require women to wait 72 hours before receiving an abortion under a bill overwhelmingly approved by a state Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 8-1 on Monday for the bill that increases the wait time from 24 to 72 hours after a woman receives required information about the procedure. It now heads to the full Senate.

Legislation prohibiting abortions where doctors use clamps, forceps or similar instruments to dismember a fetus in the womb has been approved by an Oklahoma Senate committee.

The Committee on Health and Human Services voted 7-1 Monday for the House-passed measure. The bill, which has been proposed in several states by a national anti-abortion group, now goes to the full Senate.

The measure by Republican Sen. Josh Brecheen of Coalgate would ban procedures in which doctors use medical devices to dismember a fetus in the womb to complete an abortion.

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The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that would prohibit abortions in which doctors use clamps, forceps or similar instruments to dismember a fetus in the womb.

House members voted 84-2 on Thursday. The bill, being pushed in several states by a national anti-abortion group, now goes to the Senate.

Republican Rep. Pam Peterson of Tulsa sponsored the bill that would outlaw procedures in which doctors use medical devices to dismember a fetus in the womb to complete an abortion.

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