Supreme Court Halts Oklahoma Bid to Limit Drug Abortions
A bid to revive an Oklahoma law was rejected Monday after the Oklahoma Supreme Court said it would effectively ban all drug-induced abortions.
It's a decision that came down from the Supreme Court dismissing Oklahoma's appeal of the state's high court ruling that struck down the law last year.
Monday's decision prompted Attorney General Scott Pruitt to provide a comment which stated:
"Given the Oklahoma Supreme Court's overly broad and erroneous interpretation of the Oklahoma law, the U.S. Supreme Court had little choice but to dismiss the case. We are disappointed with the state Court's interpretation of a law that was crafted by the Legislature to protect Oklahoma women from potentially deadly protocols that have never been approved by the FDA."
The court's decision follows an unusual request by the justices for a clarification about whether the law that was passed in 2011 applied to three specific drugs that can cause abortions - including mifepristone, more commonly known as RU-486. Last week the Oklahoma court answered yes, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Oklahoma is among five states - the others are Arizona, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas - that have sought to restrict medical abortions by limiting or banning off-label uses of drugs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.