JUDGE denies temporary injunction against parental consent abortion law

Thursday, July 5th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ A federal judge has rejected an attempt by an abortion clinic to derail a parental notification law.

U.S. District Judge Terry C. Kern denied a temporary injunction Thursday that had been requested by Nova Health Systems.

San Antonio-based Nova, doing business in Tulsa through an abortion clinic known as Reproductive Services, asked Kern to stop the law until questions over its constitutionality could be considered in court.

The abortion notification law says anybody who performs an abortion on a minor without parental consent or knowledge shall be liable for the cost of any medical treatment the minor requires because of the abortion.

Nova contends that the law's provisions are vague, contained no limits on potential liabilities for providers and does not provide exceptions for medical emergencies or other reasons.

The Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, which represents Nova Health Systems, said the legal challenge to the law will move forward despite Kern's denial of a temporary injunction.