Anti-abortion laws challenged by Tulsa clinic

Posted at 4:16 PM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-02 17:16:53-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- New Oklahoma anti-abortion laws that ban a second-trimester abortion procedure and increase the waiting period for women seeking an abortion are being challenged in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Tulsa reproductive services clinic.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in Oklahoma County by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of Reproductive Services of Tulsa, which the lawsuit says is the only licensed abortion facility that provides second-trimester abortion procedures in Oklahoma.

One measure will ban the abortion procedure that critics have described as dismembering a fetus. The other triples the state's mandatory waiting period from 24 to 72 hours for women seeking an abortion. Both are scheduled to go into effect on Nov. 1.

The lawsuit alleges the measures violate the constitutional rights of Oklahoma women.

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