California: The state’s End of Life Options Act is back on the books after a state appellate court ruled that the doctors challenging it lacked standing to file suit. In May, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia ruled against the law, citing the underhanded way the legislature passed it. California’s Fourth Appellate Court temporarily reinstated the law in June.
Oklahoma: Republican State Sen. Joseph Silk introduced a bill that would legally protect all unborn life and classify abortion as a homicide. “Essentially, a fertilized egg is a human life just like a 1-year-old baby is a human life,” he said. The Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Act calls on the attorney general to ignore the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and other court rulings and federal law that would conflict with acknowledging the humanity of the unborn.
Oregon: The state’s lenient abortion laws may be attracting out-of-state women, according to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month. Of the 8,610 abortions performed in the state in 2015, 11.2 percent were procured by out-of-state residents. By contrast, only 4.6 percent of neighboring Idaho’s abortions were for out-of-state residents. —S.G.