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Fri January 24, 2014
Judge Throws Out Oklahoma Morning-After Pill Bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge has ruled that legislation making it harder for women to obtain the morning-after pill birth control pill is unconstitutional and has barred the state from enforcing it.
District Judge Lisa Davis handed down the ruling Thursday for the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights. The center challenged the law last year on behalf of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Jo Ann Mangili of Mounds, the mother of a 15-year-old girl.
The law passed last spring required women 17 and older to show identification to a pharmacist to obtain the Plan B One-Step pill and generic emergency contraceptives. It required women under 17 to have a prescription to obtain the contraceptive.
Davis blocked enforcement of the law in August and it never went into effect.