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Oklahoma County judge rules against abortion doctor in effort to put new law on hold

An Oklahoma County judge on Friday ruled against a longtime abortion doctor who says he will have to shut down his clinic once a new law goes into effect Nov. 1.
Dr. Larry A. Burns, founder of the Abortion Surgery Center in Norman, complains the law is unconstitutional for a number of reasons.

The doctor’s attorneys last week asked District Judge Bill Graves to put the law on hold until the constitutional challenges to it can be resolved.

Graves refused Friday to issue either a temporary restraining order or temporary injunction. In a four-page order, the judge found the doctor failed to show he is likely to succeed on the merits of his constitutional claims.

The doctor’s attorneys now plan to file an emergency appeal with the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

The new law will require an abortion clinic to be staffed by a doctor who has permission from a nearby hospital to admit a patient if something goes wrong. Burns has applied to 16 hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic for admitting privileges. He has not been accepted yet.

"If I am unable to obtain admitting privileges from any of these hospitals by November 1, I will be forced to shutter my clinic on that day, and Oklahoma women will have one fewer safe place to turn to for the care they need," Burns said in a court affidavit.

 

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