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Okla. judge blocks abortion law from taking effect

October 20, 2011 • National News


FILE – In this photo taken Oct. 18, 2011, Michelle Movahed, staff attorney for the Center of Reproductive Rights in New York City, answers a question following a hearing in an Oklahoma County courtroom on an Oklahoma abortion law, in Oklahoma City. An Oklahoma judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked from taking effect the new law designed to reduce the number of abortions performed in the state by restricting the ways in which doctors can treat women with abortion-inducing drugs. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked from taking effect a new law designed to reduce the number of abortions performed in the state by restricting the ways in which doctors can treat women with abortion-inducing drugs.

Oklahoma County District Judge Daniel Owens issued the ruling after a conference call with attorneys for both sides.

The temporary injunction prevents the bill from going into effect on Nov. 1. Passed earlier this year by the GOP-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Mary Fallin, the measure requires doctors to follow the strict guidelines and protocols authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and prohibits off-label uses of the drugs. It also requires doctors to examine the women, document certain medical conditions and Login to read more

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