Oklahoma Supreme Court Answers Questions In Abortion Case

Oct 29, 2013

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a 2011 state law restricting abortions effectively bans all drug-induced abortions, despite arguments that the state only wished to prohibit off-label uses of the drugs.

The Oklahoma court Tuesday answered questions posed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which asked the state court in June to clarify two issues before they consider an appeal from Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

The Oklahoma court wrote that the law prohibits the use of misoprostol to induce abortions, even when used in conjunction with another drug under a protocol approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The court says the law also prohibits the use of methotrexate to treat ectopic pregnancies.

Enforcement of the law is on hold after the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights sued.


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