Medication Abortion Restrictions Advance in Okla. Senate

April 2, 2014 — An Oklahoma Senate committee has advanced a measure (HB 2684) that would restrict the use of medication abortion drugs in the state, the AP/Oklahoman reports.

The Republican-controlled Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 5-1 in favor of the bill (AP/Oklahoman, 3/31).

The bill would require that physicians in the state administer medication abortion drugs according to FDA protocol. However, it specifies that it would not ban the use of the drug misoprostol in medication abortions and that it would not prohibit the off-label use of drugs for the treatment of ectopic pregnancies.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Randy Grau (R), was written in direct response to a recent court decision that struck down a similar Oklahoma law (HB 1970) as unconstitutional because it effectively banned all medication abortions in the state (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/12).