Burns v. Cline


The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in state court on behalf of an Oklahoma doctor challenging an Oklahoma law, SB 1848, which contains a provision that requires abortion providers to maintain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the location where the abortion is performed.

Plaintiff claims, among other things, that the law singles out abortion providers for onerous regulations and would make it difficult for women in Oklahoma to obtain an abortion in violation of the Oklahoma Constitution.

STATUS

On October 24, 2014, the trial court denied Plaintiff’s request for a temporary restraining order blocking the law. Plaintiff appealed the ruling to the Oklahoma Supreme Court which temporarily blocked enforcement of the law on November 4, 2014 pending resolution of the litigation. On December 13, 2016, citing Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court unanimously held that the law is unconstitutional.

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**last updated March 15, 2017


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