Pro-life forces have legislative momentum across the country heading into 2013, but pro-choice supporters also see plenty of opportunities to win in and out of the courts, as the nation’s political clash over abortion rights shows no signs of easing ahead of the 40th anniversary this month of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.
The state high court also ruled unconstitutional a second Oklahoma law that banned “off-label” use of chemically induced abortions.
Pro-life supporters lamented the setback. The “off-label” law was especially important because at least eight women have died of complications after receiving abortion-inducing drugs in a way that “directly contravened” the approved Food and Drug Administration protocol, said Mailee Smith of Americans United for Life. The Oklahoma Supreme Court’s decision means women are “left to the whims of an abortion industry that misuses abortion drugs for profit,” she said.
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Stay tuned for more announcements of AUL’s plans for marking 40 years of abortion on demand.