Okla. court: state law bans all medical abortions

10/30/2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a 2011 law it struck down as unconstitutional effectively bans all drug-induced abortions in the state.

Some legal experts say that finding likely dooms the law's chances of being upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The nation's highest court had asked Oklahoma justices to clarify whether the state law applied to three specific drugs that can cause abortions, including the drug commonly known as RU-486. In all cases, the Oklahoma court answered yes.

Enforcement of the law has been on hold since it was challenged by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights. Oklahoma is among five states - the others Arizona, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas - that have sought to restrict medical abortions by limiting or banning off-label uses of drugs.


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