Court upholds abortion drug regulation

Thursday, October 4, 2012
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The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an Ohio law related to RU-486, leaving only one issue to be decided.

Smith, Mailee (AUL)Mailee Smith of Americans United for Life (AUL) says the court ruled that The Buckeye State has the right to regulate use of the drug.

"This law aims to protect women from the misuse of an abortion drug that has proven to pose substantial risks to women's health," she notes. It merely forces abortionists, she says, to use the drug according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved guidelines.

"Women have died of bacterial infection following the unapproved use of RU-486, and no women have died following the FDA-approved protocol," the AUL attorney says.

As for misuse of the drug, Smith asserts that is happening "all over the country. In Ohio," she continues, "Planned Parenthood is the plaintiff, and they specifically stated in court documents that they are not using the drug according to the way the FDA approved."

So the Sixth Circuit has ruled that the Ohio law is not vague and does not place an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions.

The only remaining issue is Planned Parenthood's complaint that there is no broad health exception in the law, and that matter is now before the lower court.

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