Okla. Supreme Court Gives Harsh Take On Abortion Drug Law

Law360, New York (October 30, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT) -- An Oklahoma law requiring ironclad adherence to U.S. Food and Drug Administration prescribing guidelines for abortion-inducing drugs bans all so-called medication abortions, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, providing guidance on a constitutional fight brewing before the U.S. Supreme Court.

A unanimous panel clarified that the 2011 state law known as H.B. 1970 that banned physicians from dispensing mifepristone, also known as RU-486, and any other abortion-inducing drugs without abiding by the “protocol” authorized by the FDA did not merely regulate the manner in which the...
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