Okla. Judge Blocks New Abortion Law

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A judge in Oklahoma has temporarily blocked a new law aimed at reducing the number of abortions in the state.

The measure imposes strict guidelines on doctors who prescribe abortion-inducing drugs and prohibits the use of off-label abortion medications.

The bill was passed earlier this year by the Republican-controlled state legislature and was signed by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Oklahoma County District Judge Daniel Owens issued the ruling which prevents the bill from going into effect on Nov. 1.

Opponents say they're thrilled with the judge's decision and that abortion-inducing drugs are common in the medical world.

However, attorneys for the state argue the drugs are dangerous and need to be used in strict accordance with Food and Drug Administration guidelines.

"To date, at least eight American women have died from mifepristone abortions," Assistant Attorney General Victoria Tindall wrote in the state's response to the center's lawsuit. "The dangerous risks of mifepristone demand strict adherence to the FDA-approved protocol."

The author of the Oklahoma measure, Republican Rep. Randy Grau of Edmond, said he was disappointed with the judge's decision.

"It's the wrong decision. It's one that I think puts Oklahomans at risk," Grau said.

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