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Oklahoma Judge Allows Teens’ Over-Counter Birth-Control

Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) -- An Oklahoma law requiring people under 17 to get a prescription for an emergency “morning-after” contraceptive pill was temporarily blocked by a state-court judge.

Judge Lisa T. Davis in Oklahoma City today granted a request by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights to enjoin enforcement of the measure, according to the court’s electronic docket.

Lawyers for the center argued in court papers that the law discriminated against women and attacked it on procedural grounds. Contending it was the second topic in a bill signed into law May 29 by Governor Mary Fallin, they said it violated the state constitution’s “single subject” rule.

“Oklahoma women may rest assured that they will not be denied access to this important means of preventing unintended pregnancy,” an attorney for the center, David Brown, said in a statement after the court’s ruling.

“We’re disappointed the judge prevented the law from going into effect,” state Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt, said in an e-mailed statement.

“The law simply keeps requirements the same as they have been for more than a decade, requiring those under age 17 to have a prescription to buy Plan B emergency contraceptives,” Pruitt said.

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

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Harris in the Chicago federal courthouse at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at

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