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Oklahoma Court Stays Abortion Restrictions Law for 30 Days

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has issued a 30-day stay blocking a law that targets abortions.

The court on Monday blocked the law that was to go into effect Nov. 1 and encompasses four abortion-related subjects: minors and parental consent; tissue preservation; inspection of clinics; and legal liability for abortion providers. The court also said the stay may be extended.

The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights sued on behalf of Dr. Larry Burns of Norman, who performs nearly half of Oklahoma's abortions. The lawsuit alleges the law violates the state constitution's requirement that legislation cover a single subject.

Center CEO Nancy Northup calls the stay a victory against attacks on women's health and basic rights.

The Oklahoma attorney general's office did not immediately respond requests for comment.