Judges Blocks Law Restricting OTC Emergency Contraception
On Monday, a state court temporarily blocked an Oklahoma law that would require persons 17 years or younger to have a prescription to access emergency contraception and require proof of age before purchasing the medication.
"Oklahoma women may rest assured that they will not be denied access to this important means of preventing unintended pregnancy," said Brown in a statement after the ruling. "And perhaps this latest in a long and growing list of federal and state court decisions vindicating women's fundamental right to the full range of essential reproductive health care will at last put an end to the assaults of politicians bent on stripping away rights that all women must be guaranteed."
Media Resources: Bloomberg 8/19/2013; Huffington Post 8/19/2013; New York Times 8/19/2013; Feminist Newswire 6/11/2013, 6/5/2013
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .