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Supreme Court May Look at Drug-Induced Abortion Regs

The Oklahoma Supreme Court found that restricting the use of the drugs is unconstitutional.

The U.S. Supreme Court could hear its first case dealing with the legality of drug-induced abortions.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

photo of Sophie Novack
October 30, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court could hear its first case regarding drug-induced abortions, after the Oklahoma Supreme Court found Tuesday that a 2011 law preventing the drug's use is unconstitutional, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The state court found that the law restricting mifepristone and similar medications was not in the interest of women's health. Instead, justices said it "is so completely at odds with the standard that governs the practice of medicine that is can serve no purpose except to prevent women from obtaining abortions and to punish and discriminate against those who do."

If the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear an appeal, it could address states' authority to determine abortion regulations. 

 

The high court has been increasingly open to abortion restrictions, but there is no indication that the majority would overturn Roe v. Wade, the case that broadly determined abortion rights.

Whether the Court decides to hear the case likely depends on whether the justices agree with the Oklahoma ruling. 

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