Okla. Co. judge delays ruling on abortion law

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma County judge is expected to rule Wednesday on whether to temporarily block a new Oklahoma law that restricts how physicians treat women with abortion-inducing drugs.

District Judge Daniel Owens heard oral arguments Tuesday from the state and an abortion rights group, but delayed his ruling because the state's brief in the case was filed just hours before the hearing.

Scheduled to become law Nov. 1, the new law requires doctors to follow guidelines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and prohibits any off-label uses of abortion-inducing drugs.

Abortion rights groups say it jeopardizes women's health and prevents doctors from using their best medical judgment.

But state Rep. Randy Grau, who wrote the proposed new law, says the purpose of the bill is patient protection and safety.

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