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Abortions Rights Group Challenges Oklahoma Anti-Abortion Law

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A New York-based abortion rights group has asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to permanently block a law it claims is designed to shut down abortion clinics in the state.

The Center for Reproductive Rights Thursday asked the state's highest court to block a law requiring abortion providers to have a physician with local hospital admitting privileges present when abortions are performed.

Last month, Oklahoma County District Judge Don Andrews rejected a legal challenge that claimed the law was unconstitutional. Andrews ruled the law, signed by Gov. Mary Fallin in 2014, does not single out abortion providers and the state has a legitimate interest in protecting women's health.

The state Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the law. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of a similar law in Texas.

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