“Women deserve better than to be exploited by Big Abortion’s dangerous, ‘off-label’ use of abortion-inducing drugs.  We applaud efforts by the Oklahoma Solicitor General to protect women,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (03-07-13) – Today, Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest commended Oklahoma Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick for filing a cert petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to consider the constitutionality of a law that seeks to protect women from clinics and doctors who administer abortion-inducing drugs in an unsafe, “off-label” manner.  The Oklahoma law at issue is based on AUL’s “Abortion-Inducing Drug Safety Act.”

The case, Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice v. Cline, involves a 2011 law which requires doctors providing abortion-inducing drugs to abide by the FDA-approved protocols.  The law protects women from exploitation by the Big Abortion industry which has admitted to experimenting with non-FDA-approved (“off-label”) methods of administering dangerous abortion-inducing drugs.  At least 8 deaths have been reported as a result of “off-label” use of RU-486.

Yoest commented, “The Court must decide whether it supports the health and safety of women or the profit-centric Big Abortion industry.  Women deserve authentic healthcare which puts the patient ahead of profits.”

The Oklahoma “Abortion-Inducing Drugs Safety Act” received overwhelming support in both the Oklahoma House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin in May 2011.  It was immediately challenged by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice.  In December 2012, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional and blocked its enforcement.  Now, the Solicitor General of Oklahoma has requested that the U.S. Supreme Court review this controversial ruling.  AUL will be filing an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court in support of the Oklahoma law.