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A pro-choice activist demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 4. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked three abortion restrictions set to take effect on Nov. 1.

Why it matters: The laws would place new limits on medication-induced abortions and require doctors who perform abortions to attain board certification in obstetrics and gynecology.

Details: Abortion advocates asked the court to put the three restrictions on hold after a district judge temporarily blocked two of the five laws, including a ban of abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

  • Now all five laws, which were enacted in the last legislative session, will remain blocked as the case proceeds.

What they're saying: "The court’s decision today comes as a huge relief," Alan Braid, owner of Tulsa Women’s Reproductive Clinic, said in a statement. "Texas has shown us the heartbreaking consequences of what happens when a state bans abortion. Even Oklahomans are suffering from the Texas ban, which has created backlogs of patients here and in other surrounding states."

  • "[T]he state Supreme Court did precisely what the legal system is designed to do: block unconstitutional laws and ensure that our patients will be able to get the health care they deserve," added Emily Wales, interim president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains.
  • "But this fight is not over: Oklahomans still must contend with numerous barriers to essential reproductive health care. We will continue fighting for them in every way possible."

The big picture: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' restrictive abortion law, but left the law in place in the meantime.

  • All of this is likely to end with significant new restrictions on abortion and a clear path for Republican-led states to win the next big abortion cases too — the culmination of a long and bitter fight for control of the judiciary, Axios' Sam Baker writes.

Worth noting: Clinics in Oklahoma have reported a massive influx of patients traveling from Texas, according to the lawsuit. One Oklahoma clinic has reported that two-thirds of the phone calls they receive are now from Texas patients. 

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DOJ cites discrimination in lawsuit against Texas over voting districts

Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Department of Justice on Monday filed a lawsuit against Texas, alleging Republican state lawmakers discriminated against Black and Latino voters and have "again diluted the voting strength of minority Texans" when they approved new redistricting maps.

Why it matters: A DOJ assessment of the new districts found that they violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference.

Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Getty Images

The state of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Thursday in an attempt to block the enforcement of its vaccine mandate for federal employees.

Why it matters: The move comes one day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin denied Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's (R) request to exempt the state's National Guard from the mandate.

Progressives to file resolution to strip Boebert's committee seats

Rep. Lauren Boebert walking through the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House progressives are planning to introduce a resolution on Wednesday to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) of her committee assignments, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The move, which was first reported by the Washington Post, comes as progressives — anxious to see the right-wing firebrand face retribution for her recent comments — have grown frustrated by Democratic leadership's inaction on the issue.