OKLAHOMA CITY —
“The true intent of this bill, in my opinion, is to deny women and their physicians the freedom to make personal health decisions,” Johnson said. “Let’s stop putting our noses in places where doctors and women are the only people who should be having some input.”
Among the drugs covered in the bill is mifepristone, originally known as RU-486. In 2001, the FDA approved the use of mifepristone through the first seven weeks of pregnancy. It is prescribed along with a second drug, misoprostol.
Since the FDA approval, medical researchers and clinical trials have shown that mifepristone is effective in much smaller doses and for two weeks longer in a pregnancy, the opponents of Oklahoma’s law argued.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court noted that such off-label uses of drugs are standard medical practice.
More than 1.4 million women have taken the drugs to induce abortions in the United States. Attorneys for the state of Oklahoma argued that at least eight women have died in the U.S., justifying its law requiring adherence to the FDA protocol.
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