Oklahoma Sued Over New Emergency-Contraception Access Law

A new Oklahoma law limiting access to emergency contraception discriminates against women and violates the state’s constitution, according to a lawsuit filed by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights.

The center is seeking a court finding that the measure signed by Republican Governor Mary Fallin violates a woman’s right to contraception under the state’s constitution and that the legislation itself was invalid because the bill addressed more than one topic in violation of the state constitution’s “single subject” rule.

The legislation, signed by Fallin on May 29, bars women under the age of 17 from obtaining the “morning-after” type contraception without a prescription. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug’s use for all women of “child bearing potential” on June 20.

“At a time when the federal government has taken an historic step to make emergency contraception more available to millions of women across the country, these hostile politicians have chosen to stand in the way of progress,” and impose arbitrary barriers, Bebe Anderson, director of the Center’s U.S. legal program, said in the statement.

Diane Clay, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, said by phone that she couldn’t immediately comment on the litigation.

The case is Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice v. Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy, CV-2013-1640, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, District Court (Oklahoma City).

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