Nova Health Systems v. Pruitt

The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in state court on behalf of a group of abortion providers challenging HB 1409, a law that triples the waiting period for abortion from 24 to 72 hours and mandates that patients seeking an abortion must undergo mandatory state-directed counseling and receive specific pregnancy-related information, and HB 1721, a law that bans the most common second-trimester abortion procedure, dilation and evacuation (D and E).

Plaintiffs allege that the two laws violate the constitutional rights of Oklahoma women to reproductive autonomy and to bodily integrity under the Oklahoma Constitution and the Oklahoma Constitution’s prohibition against special laws. Plaintiffs also allege that the provision requiring mandatory counseling violates their right to free speech.



**last updated March 15, 2017