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AUL Says Oklahoma HB 1970 Protects Women from Dangerous Off-Label Use of Abortion-Inducing Drugs

“The enactment of HB 1970 puts an end to the dangerous, off-label use of abortion-inducing drugs – a predatory practice promoted by an abortion industry more concerned with profits than women’s health and safety,” said Daniel McConchie, AUL Vice President of Government Affairs.

Oklahoma City, OK – (May 12, 2011) – Americans United for Life praised Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing HB 1970, a law that will ensure abortion providers are not dispensing already-dangerous abortion-inducing drugs in an unapproved and medically-inappropriate manner.

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.
Rep. Randy Grau and Sen. Greg Treat introduced the bill for the purpose of protecting women from the proven dangers inherent in abortion-inducing drugs.  The new law will require 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.

Daniel McConchie, Vice President of Government Affairs for Americans United for Life, commended the Governor and state legislators who acted on the bill: “For too long, abortion providers have been dispensing abortion-inducing drugs in an unsafe manner that serves only to boost their profit margins. With this legislation, this practice will stop and women in Oklahoma will be better protected from such predatory practices in the state.”

To see a copy of the law, visit:
http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=hb1970

For more information on the Abortion-Inducing Drug Safety Act, go to:
http://www.aul.org/legislative-resources/order-model-legislation.