OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has provisionally obstructed a ban on a second-trimester abortion procedure.
The high court acted Monday after an Oklahoma abortion clinic appealed a lower court judge’s decision to uphold a ban on a second-trimester abortion procedure.
The Tulsa Women’s Reproductive Clinic requested the temporary injunction to place the law on hold, telling justices that the law would be detrimental for women.
The 2015 law would decrease the use of instruments in dilation and evacuation abortions after 14 weeks of pregnancy, except when necessitated to save the woman’s life or avert a serious risk to her health. It had been on hold while the legal challenge was pending.
In a 6-2 decision, the court ruled that Oklahoma could not reinforce a ban on dilation and evacuation abortions, the most common method used in second trimester pregnancies.
The preliminary injunction will remain in effect while the state Supreme Court decides whether the ban is lawful.