By Dave Andrusko
Earlier this month, NRL News Today reported on two challenges by pro-abortion groups brought against laws passed by the Oklahoma legislature and signed into law by pro-life Gov. Mary Fallin.
Today District Judge Robert Stuart rejected the lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights against one of them–HB 2684–which was signed in April, and scheduled to go into effect November 1. CRR brought the lawsuit on behalf of Reproductive Services in Tulsa and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Services.
HB 2684 was passed after the Oklahoma Supreme Court affirmed District Judge Donald Worthington’s decision striking down a 2011 law. The state Supreme Court ruled that the 2011 original law was so broad that it would ban all chemical abortion. The new law requires the FDA protocol to be used when dispensing RU-486.
As NRL News Today has explained in prior stories, the most important FDA requirements were that the abortifacient not be used past the seventh week (a limitation which PPFA and other abortion providers freely concede they ignore); that abortionists use three RU486 pills, rather than one; and that the accompanying prostaglandin (misoprostol) be administered by mouth, not vaginally.
Blasted as “vague,” in fact, the limitations (and purposes) are very clear. They are intended to protect women from the dangers of using these drugs in a manner not prescribed by the FDA (the second drug was supposed to be taken orally and in the abortionist’s office rather than at home).
In light of that, what a peculiar use of language found in so many lawsuits—that insuring that these powerful drugs are taken safely is “impos[ing] an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose early, safe abortion.”
The challenge to the other Oklahoma law– SB 1848–is also being litigated by CRR, this time on behalf of abortionist Larry Burns, whom (the CRR told the Associated Press) performs nearly half the state’s abortions.
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Their target is a familiar one: the requirement that clinics have an abortionist who has admitting privileges with a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic for when the inevitable complications occur. The law is also scheduled to go into effect November 1.