“Protecting women’s lives should be something that can be achieved with bipartisan agreement,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (01-10-12)– Americans United for Life (AUL) filed a brief in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives – including Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner and U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn—supporting Ohio’s commonsense regulation of the dangerous abortion-inducing drug RU-486. AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest noted that today’s filing was part of an on-going effort from AUL in the strategic legal case because “women’s lives hang in the balance.”

“Eight women in the U.S. have died from bacterial infection following the misuse of RU-486—a misuse advocated by Planned Parenthood,” said Dr. Yoest.  “Ohio’s law is simply a medical regulation aimed at promoting the safest use of a drug, as it was approved to be used by the FDA. Requiring the proper distribution of drugs should be an area of bipartisan agreement.”

The brief focuses on the medical data demonstrating that misuse of RU-486 is dangerous, and that U.S. Supreme Court precedent clearly demonstrates that the regulation imposes no “undue burden” on women. To read the document, click here.

The list of U.S. House and Senate members who are being represented by AUL include: Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner (OH), U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (OK), and U.S. Representatives Steve Austria (OH), Dan Benishek, M.D. (MI), Diane Black, R.N. (TN), Charles Boustany, M.D. (LA), Paul Broun, M.D. (GA), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (LA), Steve Chabot (OH), John Fleming, M.D. (LA), Bob Gibbs (OH), Andy Harris, M.D. (MD), Bill Johnson (OH), Jim Jordan (OH), Robert Latta (OH), Jean Schmidt (OH), Steve Stivers (OH), and Pat Tiberi (OH).