Pruitt asks court to keep standards for abortion clinics

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed a brief asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to uphold a law that requires abortion clinics to prescribe abortion-inducing drugs only in accordance with the FDA-approved label.

The Oklahoma Legislature passed HB 2684 to prohibit the off-label use of drugs to perform abortions. Despite safety warnings from the FDA regarding off-label use of abortion inducing drugs like mifepristone, also known as RU-486, Oklahoma abortion providers continue to use off-label methods to save time, money and effort, posing an unnecessary risk to the health and safety of Oklahoma women.

“I am hopeful the Oklahoma Supreme Court will choose to side with the health and safety of Oklahoma women over the interests of the abortion industry,” Pruitt said. “The off-label use of abortion-inducing drugs has resulted in at least eight deaths nationwide and poses a significant threat to Oklahoma women.”

Laws similar to HB 2684 have been upheld by federal appeals courts in Texas and Ohio.