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Fri June 8, 2012
Oklahoma AG Appeals off-label Abortion Drug Ruling
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt says he's appealing a judge's ruling that struck down an Oklahoma law restricting the off-label use of certain abortion-inducing drugs.
District Judge Donald Worthington last month invalidated the 2011 law, saying it violated a woman's fundamental right to privacy and bodily integrity. .
But Pruitt said Thursday the judge ruled the Oklahoma Constitution contains a right to an abortion, a right never before recognized in any Oklahoma court.
The law prohibited off-label uses of the drugs such as changing a recommended dosage or prescribing it for symptoms different than those for which the drug was initially approved.
The law was challenged by a New York-based abortion rights group. It never went into effect after a temporary injunction against it was issued in October.