Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously votes down abortion law

Oklahoma abortion providers will not see tougher guidelines after the state's Supreme Court struck down a restrictive law Tuesday, reports Reuters.

In its opinion, the Supreme Court said the legislation violated state law requiring each legislative bill must address only "one subject," according to the article.

"We reject defendants' arguments [that each part of the law addressed women's reproductive health] and find this legislation violates the single subject rule as each of these sections is so unrelated and misleading that a legislator voting on this matter could have been left with an unpalatable all-or-nothing choice," Justice Joseph Watt wrote for the court.

The law contains various requirements for abortion providers, including a requirement that they take samples of fetal tissue from patients younger than 14 and preserve them for state investigators, reports Reuters.

According to the report, the law also included new criminal penalties for abortion providers who do not comply with abortion-related statutes, along with individuals who help a minor evade the parental consent requirement. Additionally, the bill created a new, stricter inspection system for abortion clinics, the article states.

 

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