Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

August-20-13

Judges Blocks Law Restricting OTC Emergency Contraception

On Monday, a state court temporarily blocked an Oklahoma law that would require persons 17 years or younger to have a prescription to access emergency contraception and require proof of age before purchasing the medication.

Judge Lisa T. Davis Rights awarded the New York-based Center for Reproductive a temporary injunction against a law approved by Governor Mary Fallin (R) in May that requires minors under the age of 17 to have a prescription to access emergency contraception. For those over 17, the law requires that they present ID to a pharmacist in order to access the medication. The Center argued that the law places an unnecessary barrier to emergency contraception. Because the restrictions were the second topic of the law, it also violates Oklahoma's constitutional "single subject" rule.

In June, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the FDA had to make emergency contraception available over the counter without age or ID restrictions. David Brown, a staff attorney for the Center, argued that if the law were to take effect it "would have essentially reimposed" the federal restrictions that the court overturned.

"Oklahoma women may rest assured that they will not be denied access to this important means of preventing unintended pregnancy," said Brown in a statement after the ruling. "And perhaps this latest in a long and growing list of federal and state court decisions vindicating women's fundamental right to the full range of essential reproductive health care will at last put an end to the assaults of politicians bent on stripping away rights that all women must be guaranteed."

Media Resources: Bloomberg 8/19/2013; Huffington Post 8/19/2013; New York Times 8/19/2013; Feminist Newswire 6/11/2013, 6/5/2013


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

7/23/2014 UConn to Pay Over $1.2 Million in Sexual Assault Settlement - The University of Connecticut (UConn) will pay $1.28 million in settlement fees for a sexual assault lawsuit brought against the university by five sexual assault survivors. The federal lawsuit was brought by five women after four of the women had filed complaints with the Department of Education (ED) alleging that UConn had mishandled rape cases and failed to take action on reports of harassment, in violation of Title IX. . . .
 
7/23/2014 100 Days Vigils Held To Support Rescue of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls - 100 days ago today, more than 270 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. . . .
 
7/22/2014 Louisiana Pro-Choice Community Stands Up Against Operation Rescue - Saturday, Operation Rescue/Operation Save America launched an aggressive week-long siege against reproductive health clinics and abortion care providers in southern Louisiana. The annual siege is expected to run through Saturday, July 26, but already, several dozen Operation Rescue protesters have moved these forceful assemblies to doctors' private residences, riling neighbors in the process with their megaphones, explicit and invasive signage. . . .