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. flag flies in front of the West Front of the Supreme Court Building on August 7, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be sworn in as the 111th justice of the Supreme Court on Saturday.
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Sophie Novack
Oct. 30, 2013, 4 a.m.

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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