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Aug 8, 2013 3:56 PM by Eric Ross

Lawsuit would block Okla. morning-after pill law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A coalition of reproductive rights advocates has filed a lawsuit to block enforcement of an Oklahoma law that restricts access to the morning-after emergency contraception pill.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court on behalf of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Jo Ann Mangili of Mounds, the mother of a 15-year-old girl.

The lawsuit seeks to block legislation that was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin on May 29. It requires women 17 and older to show identification to a pharmacist to obtain the Plan B One-Step pill and generic emergency contraceptives. It also requires women under 17 to have a prescription to obtain them.

The lawsuit alleges the law discriminates against women and places restrictions on emergency contraceptives approved for unrestricted, over-the-counter sales.

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