UPDATE: U.S. Supreme Court dismisses Oklahoma abortion drug law appeal
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has dismissed an Oklahoma abortion pill case Monday.
NBCDFW is reporting the country’s highest court rejected Oklahoma’s bid to revive a state law that would effectively ban all drug-induced abortions.
The justices didn’t comment after dismissing our state’s appeal of the ruling that struck down the law last year.
This comes after an unusual request from the justices for clarification on whether the law that was passed in 2011 applied to three specific abortion-causing drugs including mifepristone or RU-486.
The Oklahoma court confirmed it did.
Oklahoma is one of five states that have tried to restrict abortions by limiting or banning off-label uses of the drugs.
The others are Arizona, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued this statement on the ruling:
“Given the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s overly broad and erroneous interpretation of the Oklahoma law, the U.S. Supreme Court had little choice but to dismiss the case. We are disappointed with the state Court’s interpretation of a law that was crafted by the Legislature to protect Oklahoma women from potentially deadly protocols that have never been approved by the FDA.”