The Oklahoma Supreme Court temporarily blocked three anti-abortion laws from taking effect Monday.
In light of pending litigation challenging the constitutionality of five new restrictive abortion laws, the court on Monday granted a temporary injunction preventing two laws that restrict medication abortions and one that would limit who can perform the procedure from taking effect Nov. 1.
A district judge previously blocked the other two controversial laws slated to take effect next month.
One measure would have prevented abortions after a so-called “fetal heartbeat” is detected, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, often before a woman knows she is pregnant. The other would have classified performing most abortions as “unprofessional conduct,” resulting in repercussions for doctors or medical staff that perform the procedure.