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 drugs were used, as state officials had claimed.

The court was answering two questions certified...

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