In October, the Court upheld a 2004 Ohio law that restricts the use of the drug RU-486, also known as mifepristone or the “abortion pill,” beyond seven weeks, making a surgical procedure the only option for many women seeking to terminate a pregnancy. The law also requires clinics to administer the medications in exact accordance with FDA regulations even though many clinics administer the pill in safe off-label methods.
The decision on Friday means the restrictions on the abortion pill are likely to remain permanent. This could also set an example for other states with legal challenges to similar restrictions such as Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee.
Media Resources: RH Reality Check 12/3/12; Americans United for Life 11/30/12; Feminist Newswire 10/3/12
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