Judge To Decide Challenge To Oklahoma Abortion Law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A judge will decide the constitutionality of an Oklahoma law that restricts how doctors can treat women with abortion-inducing drugs.

Retired Payne County Judge Donald Worthington plans a hearing Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court. The law has been challenged by Nova Health Systems, a Tulsa-based abortion provider, and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, a nonprofit abortion-rights group.

The law was passed last year by Legislature and is designed to reduce the number of abortions in the state. A judge blocked it from going into effect in October.

The law requires doctors to follow strict government guidelines and protocols and prohibits off-label use of abortion-inducing drugs.

Last month, a judge struck down a different state law requiring women to view an ultrasound of the fetus before an abortion.