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Another Oklahoma Anti-Abortion Bill Challenged in Court

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A New York abortion rights group is going back to court to block another new anti-abortion law. The law is set to go into effect on November 1st. The Center for Reproductive Rights argues the law violates the constitutions single subject rule.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Tosses Another Anti-Abortion Law

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The state's highest court has unanimously agreed that another law attempting to put restrictions on abortions in Oklahoma is unconstitutional. The law covered four issues which the court struck down as log-rolling, passing a law that covers more than one topic. The law involved minors and parental consent; tissue preservation; inspection of clinics' and legal liability for providers.

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Marijuana Petition Drive Clears First Hurdle

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Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge says his office counted 67,761 signatures on petitions calling for State Question 788 to be on the November 8th ballot. The measure proposes to legalize medical marijuana. That is barely 17-hundred more signatures than is required for the issue to get on the ballot. Several more steps must yet be completed before the issue can be put before voters.

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Mental Health Warns 73,000 Will Lose Services

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Forced to make more budget cuts like the rest of state government, Oklahoma's mental health agency says it will trim another $13-million from this years budget. The cuts will reduce funding for contracted mental health and substance abuse services, cuts for provider networks and cuts to mental health inpatient care.

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House Votes to Remove Thousands from Medicaid

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On a vote of 65 to 34 the Oklahoma House of Representatives votes to kick 111.000 people off the state medicaid rolls. That would save state government about $130-million. Backers of the bill say it is necessary to help deal with the $1.3-billion budget hole for next fiscal year. Getting federal approval for the move is seen as unlikely.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Drug Law

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The state's highest court has overturned a lower court ruling by finding that a law that restricts the use of abortion-inducing drugs does not violate the state constitution. The law prohibits the off-label use of such drugs and requires doctors to administer them only as directed by the FDA.

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Teaching Students When Life Begins

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High School students would have to be told that life begins at conception under a bill approved today by a House sub-committee. Rep. Ann Coody's bill would also require schools to include details about how a fetus develops.

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Two Governors Intervene and an Investigation into a Tulsa Surgeon Ends

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Back in 2013 then-Texas Governor Rick Perry called Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin about a 3 year old investigation into one of his donors, a Tulsa doctor. According to published reports, the Governor's General Counsel met with members of the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision and a short time later a settlement was reached and the case against Dr. Steven Anagnost was dropped.

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States That Declined To Expand Medicaid Face Higher Costs

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A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation has found that states that did not expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act are now paying more for their program than states that did expand. The study found that part of the reason for the lower costs in expansion states is due to health care savings in other areas such as health care for prison inmates.

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New Anti-Abortion Law Put on Hold

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One new anti-abortion law was temporarily blocked by an Oklahoma County Judge today but another was not. Judge Patricia Parrish issued the split ruling that will likely be appealed and end up before the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The law put on hold would ban second-trimester abortions. The other law extends the waiting period for a woman seeking an abortion.

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Challenge of New Anti-Abortion Law Heard in Court

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Oral arguments have concluded before the Oklahoma Supreme Court over the latest challenge to another anti-abortion law passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor. The challenge focuses on a claim that the bill violates the single subject rule of the state constitution. Senate Bill 642 has four separate provisions.

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Two New Anti-Abortion Laws Challenged in Court

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A pair of new anti-abortion laws are being challenged in court before they take effect. One measure bans second-trimester abortions the other triples the states mandatory waiting period from 24 to 72 hours. The lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights alleges both laws violate women's constitutional rights.

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