abortion

Abortion
9:58 am
Mon November 4, 2013

UPDATE: Supreme Court Denies Oklahoma Appeal On Drug-Induced Abortions

Oklahoma is among five states, the others are Arizona, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas, that have sought to restrict medical abortions by limiting or banning off-label uses of drugs.
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Editor's Note: Post updated at 1:15 p.m. to reflect Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's comments.

The Supreme Court has rejected Oklahoma's bid to revive a state law that the Oklahoma Supreme Court said would effectively ban all drug-induced abortions.

Oklahoma's Republican Attorney General Scott Pruitt is criticizing the Oklahoma Supreme Court for its interpretation.

The justices did not comment Monday in dismissing the state's appeal of the Oklahoma high court ruling that struck down the law last year.

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Health
12:51 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Answers Questions In Abortion Case

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a 2011 state law restricting abortions effectively bans all drug-induced abortions, despite arguments that the state only wished to prohibit off-label uses of the drugs.

The Oklahoma court Tuesday answered questions posed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which asked the state court in June to clarify two issues before they consider an appeal from Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

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Politics and Government
12:15 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Oklahoma AG Files Legal Brief In Abortion Law Case

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a legal brief in the U.S. Supreme Court's review of an Oklahoma abortion law.  

The nation's highest court in June granted Pruitt's request to review a decision by the state Supreme Court declaring the law unconstitutional. Pruitt filed his brief Tuesday.

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State Capitol
1:13 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Oklahoma Group Suing To Open Up "Plan B" Access

About 300 people gathered in St. Paul in April last year to stand for women's rights in areas such as: reproduction, abortion, contraception, health care, LGBT equality, workers rights, rape victim rights. This was one of many nation-wide events called "Unite Against the War On Women."
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A coalition of reproductive rights advocates has filed a lawsuit to block enforcement of an Oklahoma law that restricts access to the morning-after emergency contraception pill.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court on behalf of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Jo Ann Mangili of Mounds, the mother of a 15-year-old girl.

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Shots - Health News
9:52 am
Mon July 22, 2013

State Laws Limiting Abortion May Face Challenges On 20-Week Limit

Becca Besaw of Austin, Texas, and Christopher Robertson of Fort Worth, Texas, protest the state's new law restricting access to abortion at a rally in Dallas on July 15.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:57 pm

Banning abortions after a specific point in pregnancy has been a popular trend in the states this year. Last week, GOP Gov. Rick Perry made Texas the 12th state to ban most abortions after 20 weeks.

But how states define the starting point for that 20 weeks may cause headaches for women and their doctors — and ultimately affect whether these laws pass constitutional muster.

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Abortion
9:53 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Supreme Court Looking At Oklahoma Abortion Case

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The Supreme Court is sending back to state court a case about an Oklahoma anti-abortion law that bans off-label use of certain abortion-inducing drugs.

The justices on Thursday asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to clarify some questions before the high court considers an appeal.

The state court threw out the law requiring doctors to follow strict guidelines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration and barring off-label uses of certain abortion-inducing drugs.

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The Two-Way
7:24 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Clock Runs Out On Controversial Texas Abortion Bill

The Texas Capitol rotunda filled with supporters of state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, who filibustered a controversial abortion bill.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 6:38 am

The official clock ran out on Texas lawmakers overnight, which effectively killed a bill that would have dramatically restricted abortion in the nation's second most populous state. Hours of chaos and confusion in Austin finally lifted as Texas Senate leaders decided that the vote on Senate Bill 5 did not clear a constitutionally-mandated hurdle that it pass before midnight.

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State Capitol
2:46 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

State House Approves Changes To Abortion Reporting

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Abortion providers in Oklahoma would be required to answer dozens of new questions on a state questionnaire under a bill given final approval in the House despite concerns the bill paves the way for costly litigation against the state.

The bill by State Rep. Sean Roberts (R-Hominy) adds several questions to the Individual Abortion Form that abortion providers in Oklahoma are required to fill out and submit to the Department of Health.

Providers already are required to ask a woman dozens of questions about her age, race, marital status, previous pregnancies, and relationship problems.

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Teen Pregnancy
8:37 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Second Child: One-fifth of Oklahoma Teen Births

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A new report shows that more than one in five births to teen mothers in Oklahoma between ages 15 and 19 is a second birth.

State health officials on Thursday released details from the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows Oklahoma is one of just eight states with a repeat teen birth higher than 20 percent. The report notes the national rate is a little more than 18 percent.

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Shots - Health News
2:29 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Family Doctors Consider Dropping Birth Control Training Rule

The federal health law is supposed to increase access to prescription birth control. But will doctors of the future be ready?
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Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 1:46 am

One of the more popular provisions of the federal health law requires that women be given much freer access to prescription methods of birth control. That includes not only the pill, but implants and IUDs as well.

But what happens if there are not enough doctors to prescribe those contraceptives?

That's exactly what worries some reproductive health advocates, as efforts are underway to rewrite rules governing the training of the nation's family doctors.

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