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OK Rep. Wants RU 486 to be Illegal

Oklahoma State Rep. Bill Graves (R-OK) has introduced a state law that would make the distribution or prescription of RU 486 a felony and punishable by up to $1,000 and/or two years in prison. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the sale and distribution of RU 486 in September 2000, but Graves believes a state law can supercede the federal ruling. However, the National Conference of State Legislatures has said that state governments do not have the power to impose such a law.

Sources:

Tulsa World _ January 5, 2001; Kaiser Family Foundation _ January 9, 2001

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