Oklahoma Supreme Court blocks dismemberment abortion ban

The Oklahoma Supreme Court granted an injunction on Monday barring enforcement of a law that bans a method of abortion in the second trimester.

Six justices agreed to the injunction, while two dissented. The injunction is expected to remain in place while the court hears an appeal of the “Unborn Child Protection-from-Dismemberment-Abortion Act,” which was approved by the state Legislature in 2015.

Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong in July upheld the law. The Tulsa Women’s Reproductive Clinic asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to review Truong’s decision.

The state law, which has never gone into effect because of the court challenges, bans dilation and evacuation abortions after 14 weeks unless a “fetal demise” procedure is performed first. Doctors could face criminal charges under the law.

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