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Oklahoma judge blocks law restricting access to morning-after pill

OKLAHOMA CITY — A judge in Oklahoma on Monday blocked imposition of a law restricting access to the morning-after pill contraceptive.

The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit alleging the law is unconstitutional and discriminates against women.

It was passed by the Oklahoma Legislature in May and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin on May 29. It requires women 17 and older to show identification to a pharmacist to obtain the Plan B One-Step pill and generic emergency contraceptives. It also requires women under 17 to have a prescription to obtain them. The law is scheduled to take effect on Thursday.

The government has approved the morning-after pill for unrestricted, over-the-counter sales.

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