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Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice v. Terry Cline

Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice v. Terry Cline

Challenge to an Oklahoma law that would impose severe restrictions on use of mifepristone for medication abortion. In May 2012, the Oklahoma District struck down the law as violating the U.S. and Oklahoma Constitutions. The Oklahoma Supreme Court affirmed, in December 2012, finding that the law violated the U.S. Constitution, as interpreted in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order stating that they agreed to review the case. The Supreme Court also issued a formal question to the Oklahoma Supreme Court asking them to clarify whether they thought the law bars the use of the abortion drug misoprostol, even when physicians follow FDA protocol and whether the state measure prevents physicians from using the cancer drug methotrexate to treat ectopic pregnancies. Final Outcome: Upon receiving the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s response, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, leaving in place the lower court’s decision striking down the law. (See the law here. See the OK Supreme Court opinion here. See the OK Supreme Court response to the U.S. Supreme Court here. See the U.S. Supreme Court dismissal here. See more about the case here.)