Judge blocks new Oklahoma law that restricts women's access to morning-after pill

Monday - 8/19/2013, 6:10pm EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma judge is blocking a new state law that makes it harder for women to obtain the morning-after pill.

In June, the federal government approved unrestricted over-the-counter sales for the emergency contraceptive. In response to that move, Oklahoma passed a law requiring women 17 and older to show identification to a pharmacist to obtain the Plan B One-Step pill and generic emergency contraceptives. Women under 17 must have a prescription to obtain them.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and the mother of a 15-year-old girl, alleging the rule is unconstitutional and discriminates against women.

District Judge Lisa Davis granted the temporary restraining order just days before the law was to take effect Thursday.

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