Abortion providers ask Oklahoma Supreme Court to quickly put three laws on hold

By Dave Andrusko

Rebuffed by the trial judge, abortion supporters have asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to put three abortion laws on hold.

The three laws—House Bill 1904, Senate Bill 778, and SB 779—are scheduled to take effect on November 1.

Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong “declined to put the measures on hold pending the outcome of a legal challenge,” Barbara Hoberock explained. “Truong did put injunctions on two of the new laws but declined to put three of the five on hold.”

On October 4, Truong refused to block enforcement of a new law that requires abortionists to be board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. “This court … believes that irreparable harm would occur if we don’t put this requirement into effect,” Judge Truong said from the bench, referring to House Bill 1904.

Judge Truong also upheld Senate Bill 778 and Senate Bill 779.  SB 778 and SB 779 will codify in Oklahoma law safety regulations that had previously been, but are no longer, required by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bills will implement a wide range of regulations, restrictions, and requirements that will provide essential protections, oversight, and safeguards involving chemical abortions. Oklahoma is the first state to provide such comprehensive oversight of this dangerous abortion method.

However Truong issued injunctions against HB1102 and HB 2441. The former declared that an abortionist who performs an abortion not necessary to save a mother’s life or “prevent substantial or irreversible impairment” is engaging in “unprofessional conduct” and faces a suspension of their medical license for at least one year. The latter, HB 2441, bans abortions procedure after there is a “detectable fetal heartbeat.”

The plaintiffs–Planned Parenthood of Arkansas & Eastern Oklahoma, the Tulsa Women’s Reproductive Clinic, and three other plaintiffs –are asking that the Oklahoma Supreme Court fast track the appeal.