The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an Ohio law
related to RU-486, leaving only one issue to be decided.
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
"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
So the Sixth Circuit has ruled that the Ohio law is not vague
and does not place an "undue burden" on women seeking
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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