Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt criticizes Oklahoma Supreme Court rulings on abortion

Pruitt wants U.S. Supreme Court to review an Oklahoma law on abortion-inducing drugs because he says the state high court doesn't understand why it was constitutional.
by Chris Casteel Published: June 5, 2013

The Oklahoma Supreme Court continues to strike down abortion laws passed by the Legislature without doing the proper constitutional analysis, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt argued to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

In a written brief, Pruitt said the U.S. Supreme Court should review the state court's ruling in a 2011 case on abortion-inducing drugs “to correct what appears to be a fundamental misunderstanding of federal abortion law and to prevent such errors from continuing in the future.”

The Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down a state law banning “off-label” uses of abortion-inducing drugs. The state attorney general said the law was constitutional and that the state court struck it down without doing the proper legal analysis — or any legal analysis.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide some time this month whether to review the Oklahoma decision.

The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice argued in its brief last week that the Oklahoma court properly struck down the law and that Supreme Court review is unwarranted. The coalition said the law amounted to a total ban on medication abortion, imposing a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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