Judge tosses challenge to Oklahoma’s abortion waiting period

Opponents of a law extending the time women must wait before an abortion say they are not done fighting despite an Oklahoma County judge’s decision to toss their legal challenge to the 72-hour waiting period.

Reproductive Services, a Tulsa clinic that offers abortions, sued the state in October 2015. The lawsuit challenged both House Bill 1721, which requires the abortion provider to stop the fetus’ heart before performing a type of second-trimester abortion, and HB 1409, which would require women seeking abortions to wait three days between the initial appointment and the procedure.

Previously, the law required a one-day waiting period. HB 1409 includes an exception for cases where an immediate abortion is necessary to prevent a woman’s death or “irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”

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