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August 19, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Judge blocks Oklahoma morning-after pill law

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma County judge has blocked a new state law that restricts access to the morning-after pill emergency contraceptive.

District Judge Lisa Davis on Monday granted a temporary restraining order preventing enforcement of the law, which was scheduled to go into effect on Thursday.

The order was requested by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which has filed a lawsuit that alleges the law is unconstitutional and discriminates against Oklahoma women.

The law was signed by Gov. Mary Fallin on May 29. It requires women 17 and older to show identification to a pharmacist to obtain the Plan B One-Step pill and generic emergency contraceptives. It also requires women under 17 to have a prescription to obtain them.

The government has approved the morning-after pill for unrestricted, over-the-counter sales.

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