Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 26, 2011 – The Oklahoma Senate passed today the Abortion-Inducing Drugs Safety Act (HB 1970) by an overwhelming majority of 39-6. The bill, based upon AUL’s model of the same name, previously passed the Oklahoma House 83-5, and Governor Mary Fallin is expected to sign it into law.
AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest commended the state legislators who voted for and championed the life-saving measure: “For too long, abortion providers have been dispensing abortion-inducing drugs in an unsafe manner that serves only to boost their own profit margins and it must stop. We are proud to have assisted in the passage of this bill.”
HB 1970 requires that abortion providers dispense abortion-inducing drugs only in the way tested and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and outlined in the drug’s label. These requirements will prevent the dangerous “off-label” use of abortion-inducing drugs that has killed at least seven women in the United States alone—an “off-label” use that Planned Parenthood readily admits, on its website and in court documents, to using.
Representative Randy Grau and Senator Greg Treat introduced the bill for the purpose of protecting women from the proven dangers inherent in abortion drugs. The bill requires that physicians examine a woman before dispensing an abortion-inducing drug to assess the stage of the pregnancy and to ensure that she does not have any hidden conditions making the drug even more dangerous for her.
For more information on the Abortion-Inducing Drug Safety Act, go here.
To track the legislation’s progress throughout the session, check out AUL’s Legislative Watch for the bill’s current status here.