Judge blocks Oklahoma ban on Plan B contraceptives
A U.S. District Judge has temporarily blocked an Oklahoma law banning over-the-counter access to contraceptives like the Plan B one-step pill, the Associated Press reported on Monday.
The injunction by Oklahoma County Judge Lisa Davis means adults in the state will not have to show identification to obtain the pills, as ordered by a law passed in May 2013. The law also requires women under the age of 17 to have a prescription before buying the contraceptives.
“Once again Oklahoma politicians’ efforts to turn back the clock on women’s health and rights have been blocked,” Center for Reproductive Rights attorney David Brown said in a statement. “Oklahoma women may rest assured that they will not be denied access to this important means of preventing unintended pregnancy.”
Brown’s group sued to block the law on August 8, saying it was unconstitutional by tacking on the provision for contraceptives on a bill dealing with health benefit forms, and singled out state residents by excluding them from a May 2013 federal mandate expanding access to Plan B.
“Perhaps this latest in a long and growing list of federal and state court decisions vindicating women’s fundamental right to the full range of essential reproductive health care will at last put an end to the assaults of politicians bent on stripping away rights that all women must be guaranteed,” Brown said in the statement.
The group also won a ruling in June 2013 against President Barack Obama’s administration allowing those under 15 years of age over-the-counter access to emergency contraceptives without a prescription.
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