FILE - This undated file photo provided by Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., shows a package of Plan B' One-Step, an emergency contraceptive. The morning-after pill is finally going over-the-counter. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, June 20, 2013, approved unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step, lifting all age limits on the emergency contraceptive. The move came a week after the Obama administration ended months of back-and-forth legal battles by promising a federal judge it would take that step. (AP Photo/Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., File) NO SALES
Monday, August 19, 2013
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.