On Monday, a major decision came from the state courts of Oklahoma.
A judge permanently blocked Oklahoma’s ban on medical abortions.
The ruling was not unique- over the last few years, as state after state introduces legislation to curtail the reproductive rights of women, court after court has ruled those new laws unconstitutional. Just two weeks ago, a Montana judge struck down a new law that kept teenaged girls from access to birth control- if they wanted it to prevent pregnancy.
This new ruling in Oklahoma is clear in its interpretation of Oklahoma’s new medical abortion restrictions. In the ruling, the judge made it clear that this was never a law about protecting women, about their health or medical options. It was always about restricting abortion access- access that is constitutionally and legally protected in this country.
This particular anti-choice law has been blocked since October, but now it’s gone for good.
It’s good to know that while the radical right has been reaching low after low in its effort to keep women from exercising control over their own bodies, the American justice system is doing its job in protecting our rights.
The battle isn’t won, but we have the law and decades of legal precedent on our side. We can win this fight
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