OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ An Oklahoma County judge says he has unanswered questions about a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a law requiring abortion providers to have a physician with local hospital admitting privileges on-site when abortion procedures are performed.
District Judge Don Andrews on Thursday scheduled a February hearing to collect evidence in the lawsuit filed on behalf of an Oklahoma abortion provider by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights.
The lawsuit was filed in October on behalf of Dr. Larry Burns, who performs nearly half Oklahoma's abortions. Burns has said he's applied for admitting privileges at hospitals in the Oklahoma City area but had yet to get approval from any of the facilities.
The law was blocked by the state Supreme Court shortly after it went into effect in November.