Saturday, August 26, 2006

Appeals court refuses to block Oklahoma abortion law

DENVER A federal appeals court has refused to delay a new Oklahoma law requiring that parents be notified at least 48 hours in advance before a minor can receive an abortion. Nova Health Systems, the parent group of Tulsa's Reproductive Services clinic, had sought an injunction preventing enforcement of the law. A three-judge panel of the Denver-based Tenth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request. Nova had filed a federal lawsuit in Tulsa challenging the law minutes after Governor Henry signed it on May 20th. Nova says the law's faulty because it doesn't establish procedures and deadlines for state courts to rule on minors' attempts to bypass the parental-notification requirement. Nova officials say some young women's cases could be "lost in the mix" because of how the law is written.

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