Appeals Court Declines Request To Reconsider Ohio Medication Abortion Restrictions

December 6, 2012 — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied Planned Parenthood's request to reconsider its ruling that upheld a 2004 Ohio law (Section 2919.123 (A)) that restricts the use of a medication abortion drug, Ms. Magazine's "Feminist Newswire" reports ("Feminist Newswire," Ms. Magazine, 12/4).

In October, a three-judge panel from the court affirmed a lower court's ruling that the law does not create an unconstitutional burden on a woman's right to an abortion.

The law restricts the use of mifepristone to the first seven weeks of pregnancy, in accordance with FDA guidelines established in 1999. Subsequent clinical studies have found that the drug is safe to use for at least two additional weeks (Women's Health Policy Report, 10/3).