On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in favor of upholding House Bill 2684, which restricts the use of abortion-inducing drugs. The legislation requires that doctors administer abortion-inducing drugs only while following Food and Drug Administration protocols.
The bill was signed in 2014 by Governor Mary Fallin, but last year, an abortion chain sued, claiming the FDA’s rules are outdated, and an Oklahoma judge overturned the bill, claiming it was unconstitutional. The state’s highest court disagreed, finding that House Bill 2684 does not violate constitutional provisions. However, the court also strangely took a dig at abortion safety laws, saying, “We also must recognize that, by the States’ own evidentiary materials, more restrictions on abortions result in higher complication rates and in decreased women’s safety.”
Pro-abortion groups, including the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, argued that the bill put unnecessary restrictions on women seeking an abortion. But the state’s high court held that the legislation simply makes healthcare laws uniform across the state.
As Live Action News reported, the Oklahoma House of Representatives is currently considering a bill that would require public high schools in the state to teach that human life begins at conception and would also “provide for the distribution of abortion prevention information and assistance, such as pregnancy help information.”