Oklahoma Attorney General: state’s abortion laws at stake in Supreme Court case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review a Mississippi case that represents a major challenge to abortion rights and could allow Oklahoma and other states more latitude in restricting access to abortion.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, who joined 17 other states last year in urging justices to take the case, applauded the court Monday and said the case could lead to a ruling that effectively upholds an Oklahoma law banning abortion after 20 weeks.

Tamya Cox-Touré, executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma, said the Mississippi case and six bills approved this year in the Oklahoma Legislature were a direct challenge to Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 case granting constitutional protection to abortions in the first two trimesters.

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