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Lawsuit challenging Plan B restrictions filed

Filed by KOSU News in Local News.
August 8, 2013

The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice has filed a lawsuit against an Oklahoma bill that would restrict the availability of Plan B, the emergency contraceptive. House Bill 2226, signed by Governor Fallin on May 29th, requires a woman under the age of 17 to have a prescription to get Plan B, and those 17 and older would have to show photo ID.

In the lawsuit, filed in Oklahoma County District Court, the Coalition argues this would cause delay, and those delays could reduce the effectiveness of Plan B. A 15 girl from Mounds Oklahoma is joining in the lawsuit.

The Obama administration recently chose to comply with a federal judge’s order to make Plan B available over the counter to girls of all ages without a prescription, rather than fight the order, potentially to the US Supreme Court.

Representative Colby Schwartz (R-Oklahoma City), sponsor of HB 2226, said the Oklahoma law, which goes into effect August 22, would effectively restore the state’s restrictions on Plan B before the Obama administration acted. He argues women should at least have to talk to a pharmacist, if not a doctor, to get Plan B. He says he has confidence the law will be upheld.

According to the lawsuit, Oklahoma would be the only state with such restrictions on Plan B.

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