Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed an appeal March 5 asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court that invalidated a state anti-abortion statute.
The state’s highest court ruled in December that the anti-abortion law was “facially unconstitutional,” and that a lower court judge was right to prevent its enforcement. The law restricted the off-label use of certain abortion-inducing drugs, such as RU-486.
Pruitt issued a March 6 statement, saying, “Oklahoma’s law does not ban the use of the drug, but does require proper protocols to be followed. There is strong evidence that the off-label use of abortion-inducing drugs leads to serious infections and death for many healthy, unsuspecting women.
“Our job is to protect the citizens of Oklahoma and defend the State Constitution, which does not provide the right to abortion.”