Judge blocks two Oklahoma abortion laws; declines to act against three others

A judge Monday blocked Oklahoma laws that would have banned abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected and would have deemed abortions as “unprofessional conduct” by doctors.

The judge, however, refused to block enforcement of a new law that requires abortion doctors in Oklahoma 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,” Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong said.

She also refused to block enforcement of two abortion medication laws. Those laws would increase regulations on medication abortions in which a woman can terminate her early-stage pregnancy through a two-dose abortion pill regimen.

Abortion providers now plan to go to the Oklahoma Supreme Court to try to get all the laws blocked.

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