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Oklahoma law would ban all drug-induced abortions, group contends

An abortion rights group argues in a key legal filing that the practical effect of a 2009 law was sweeping.
by Chris Casteel Published: September 14, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a rare procedural move in June, accepted Pruitt's challenge, but then asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to answer the threshold question of the law's practical effect. It is not clear how the nation's high court will proceed when its questions are answered.

Pruitt has argued to the state high court that the law does not ban all drug-induced abortions and was narrowly tailored to prohibit the alternative regimen used with the drugs.

But the abortion rights group that first challenged the law argued in its brief this week that the FDA never formally approved one of the two drugs for use in inducing abortions and that the plain wording of the law would prohibit its use in the procedure.

The group says the law was drafted with the assistance of anti-abortion advocates who want all abortions banned and believe the FDA never should have approved the use of RU-486.

In a separate filing, the abortion rights group requested that the Oklahoma Supreme Court hold oral arguments in the case, saying that the court's ruling could set the stage for a U.S. Supreme Court decision that “will affect the health and reproductive choices of women throughout Oklahoma and the nation.”

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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