Supreme Court asks Oklahoma Court about RU-486 decision

The US Supreme Court on Thursday asked Oklahoma Supreme Court to clarify a couple of questions about an Oklahoma anti-abortion law that bans off-label use of certain abortion-inducing drugs.

In 2011, the Center for Reproductive Rights challenged Oklahoma HB 1970, a law that required doctors to abide by FDA requirements issued for use of the abortion drug RU-486. The Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down the law as an “undue burden” on those seeking abortions.

The Court’s question to the Oklahoma Supreme Court asks for clarity on its rationale for striking down a state chemical abortion regulation in Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice. The law required doctors to abide by FDA requirements issued for use of the abortion drug RU-486:

Senior Counsel Casey Mattox said, “One of the government’s top priorities should be to protect the health and safety of its citizens, and that’s all that Oklahoma is trying to do. The unapproved use of RU-486 has been traced to many side effects and the deaths of several women. Oklahoma is therefore right to place the health and safety of its citizens above the bottom line and ideology of abortionists. We agree with the Supreme Court’s decision to inquire further into the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s poor and unexplained decision.” “One of the government’s top priorities should be to protect the health and safety of its citizens, and that’s all that Oklahoma is trying to do. The unapproved use of RU-486 has been traced to many side effects and the deaths of several women. Oklahoma is therefore right to place the health and safety of its citizens above the bottom line and ideology of abortionists. We agree with the Supreme Court’s decision to inquire further into the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s poor and unexplained decision.”

The justices want the Oklahoma Supreme Court to answer two questions about the state law before the high court considers an appeal from the Oklahoma attorney general.

The law passed in 2011 required doctors to follow strict guidelines authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration and prohibited off-label uses of certain abortion-inducing drugs such as RU-486. Including changing a recommended dosage or prescribing it for different symptoms than the drug was initially approved for.

4 Comments

  1. How about the health and safety that a secure border would bring. Funny how they pick and choose which laws to enforce. Obama merely stands up and proclaims Dreamers and Shazamm! they are. No laws not even executive orders. Time to stand up.

  2. “One of the government’s top priorities should be to protect the health and safety of its citizens…”
    Then why aren’t they protecting the health safety of the babies? Also, you can get bet that the illegals aren’t aborting their (anchor) babies here.

    • How is RU-486 affecting the health of babies? Since it is used primarily to prevent a pregnancy it is hardly harming the health of an infant. It does however lessen the chance of some unfortunate young girl from being saddled with an unwanted burden, and possibly preventing a life of poverty.

      Sadly, the pro lifers, who are much like their Taliban counterparts are full of ideology and short on compassion otherwise, we would have no unwanted children in CPS custody.

      • According to your own logic you don’t support abortion unless you actually perform abortions yourself, so I’ll discount your wild theory about pro-lifers.

        And in fact pregnancy centers and Christian adoption agencies do help many mothers and children, also many Christians are foster parents and adopters of CPS children.

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