Oklahoma group says U.S. Supreme Court doesn't need to review abortion case

High court is expected to decide in June whether to accept a case about an Oklahoma state law that restricts the use of abortion-inducing drugs.
by Chris Casteel Modified: May 29, 2013 at 6:45 pm •  Published: May 29, 2013
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— The Oklahoma Supreme Court properly struck down a state law banning “off-label” uses of abortion-inducing drugs, and review by the U.S. Supreme Court is unwarranted, a reproductive rights group in Oklahoma argued in a brief filed Tuesday.

The law passed by the Oklahoma Legislature in 2011 “imposes substantial obstacles to women seeking abortions” and amounts to a total ban on medication abortion, violating women's constitutional right to abortion early in pregnancy, the brief by the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice states.

Moreover, the group argues that there are no conflicts among lower courts that require resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The state of Oklahoma is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case and reverse the state court's decision. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt told the high court earlier that the state law properly regulates the use of drugs used to induce abortion.

The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice initially waived its right to respond to Oklahoma's petition for Supreme Court review. However, the court asked the group for its views.

Supreme Court justices are expected to decide in June whether to accept the Oklahoma case for review.

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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