Justices dismiss state law restricting medical abortions
November 4th, 2013
10:02 AM ET
9 years ago

Justices dismiss state law restricting medical abortions

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a pending appeal from Oklahoma officials who were defending a state law limiting abortions performed with medicine instead of surgery.

The law would have regulated the ability of doctors to prescribe a medication regime - using RU-486 pills - to terminate early pregnancies, and make it a crime to deviate from the federal government-approved dosage and time limits on the drugs.


Filed under: Abortion • Oklahoma • Supreme Court
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  1. rs

    What part of "safe and legal" does the GOP not get? Just another un-Constitutional law from the people who claim to revere the Constitution.

    November 4, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Way to go in 21st century. Listen, Relegion is nothing to do with this. Women be given a choice whether to abort or not. Why state intrusion into this?

    November 4, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Data Driven

    "This was the first of several restrictive abortion laws nationwide to get review by the U.S. justices. A federal appeals court last week allowed a similar law from Texas to go into effect. But a coalition of abortion rights groups said Monday they would ask the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency injunction to block that law's enforcement."

    And those conservatives who were crowing about how Wendy Davis "lost" her filibuster against passage of Texas' unconstitutional law will wake up one morning, read the headlines, and discover who really "lost".

    Roe v. Wade. It's the law, conservatives. Feel strongly about? Then insist that your Presidential candidate put in his platform that he will appoint only very conservative Supreme Court justices to overturn the law. By the way, Romney tried that most recently.

    We didn't like it.

    November 4, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Sniffit

    "What part of "safe and legal" does the GOP not get? "

    The part where they don't get to control women completely, tell them how to live their lives, keep them "under the thumb" and insert their dogmatic religious beliefs into our secular laws.

    November 4, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Thomas

    Dueling Aqua Buddha Buddies
    Rick Perry berates, demeans and belittles them and as you can see from the rest of these post, the dope adidicted welfare frauds follow the most corrupt Governor in history's lead.

    Chronic Back Pain / Cheep "oxy cotton"
    Rick Perry / Rand Paul 2016

    November 4, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. wendel

    The GOP needs to stay away from women's rights period! Since when do they have the right to take away freedom of choice? So much for government interference that they say they are against. These trolls have nothing better to do then try to get rid of existing laws. Vote all the clowns out

    November 4, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Personal liberty? Freedom from government? I guess it depends upon your definition of government. Why is it that the right constatnly passing laws that seek to restrict or regulate personal freedoms and liberties? Why does it always seem that the left is constantly pushing for laws that expand people's freedom, or fighting to have restrictive laws struck down?

    November 4, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Ol' Yeller

    I'm from Oklahoma and this is just one of many laws our republicant congress has passed that has been overturned. The OK Supreme Court have issued a stern rebuke against them for costing us taxpayers millions in wasted time and money for lawsuits, but they just keep doing it. They also have all kinds of tax cuts for businesses which have been found to do nothing for 'jobs', but are basically free 'welfare' for the rich.
    One of the reasons we are a poor and backwards state... our leadership is terrible, but the folks keep electing them because they thump that Bible.

    November 4, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. S. B. Stein

    Really have to wonder why they haven't presented a clear arguement for why the conservatives focus so much on this beyond other things. These conservatives don't want government to do much other than to prevent abortions. If they don't want government involved in health care, this should be included. If it is a question of preserving life, then these people should be fighting against the death penalty as well. I don't get why they make a difference between the two. If they want life to be sacred, then have all life that way.

    November 4, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Ol' Yeller

    "I find it incredible how often your side does everything possible to discredit through any means possible. Rudy has made claims on several occasions that I'm only a few years out of high school with zero knowledge...."

    I think Rudy picks up on what a lot of us pick up on. You have no mind of your own, you simply regurgitate hannity talking points, and you act like a little pansy when someone knocks down your weak arguments. Whereas Rudy may mistakenly see that as acts of a youthful brainwashed righty, I see it for what it is... immaturity; which is rife in the party you kneel to. Come up with something original or thought provoking and maybe you will get some of that respect you so desparately seek (interestingly enough, you seek it from certain posters from the left), but as long as all you do is get on here and carry water for the know nothing party, yet claim your independent status, you won't get any respect from anyone but whack jobs.

    November 4, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. The Truth Hurts

    A woman's right to commit murder....ever notice that the people in favor of this have already been born? Funny how that worked out. I guess they are glad that they weren't mistakes or not concieved at "the right time". Then we will hear about failed birth control – there is one method that is 100% effective – but then I guess we have to expect people to behave like wild animals with no self-control.

    November 4, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Daniel

    Republicans are not capable of the philosophical conversation required for assessing when life begins. If abortion is murder to Republicans than women who have used contraception or the morning after pill are the murders. Forget the burdens on society that would occur had all these mothers been forced to have the baby.

    Oh but wait, Republicans also want to cut education and public welfare budgets! So should you be forced to have a baby; well you are on your own after that!

    Republicans incessantly say they care about life. Then GW Bush murders 250,000+ innocent Iraqis in a war based on lies and no one heard a peep from the, "we care about life" crowd. Republicans think life begins at conception but ends at birth. Funny enough, Republicans also made no fuss about the trillions of tax dollars it costs to murder said innocent lives. The cost of the war in Iraq alone could have funded Social Security for 75 years! I think Jesus would rather had us fund Social Security.

    The terrible hypocrisy of the people who vote for republicans knows no bounds.
    Really, republicans don't stand for anything and no one asks them too.

    November 4, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. rs

    "If it is a question of preserving life, then these people should be fighting against the death penalty as well. I don't get why they make a difference between the two. If they want life to be sacred, then have all life that way."
    It has never been a "life" issue for the GOP, but they like to present it that way.
    If the GOP were "the party of life", one would naturally assume they would not seek to punish the poor by limiting their access to food, education, or medical care (where one American dies every 12 minutes from the effects of not having health insurance, or medical care). The GOP clearly would support efforts to feed and sustain children and their families; to maintain a clean and healthy environment, with good air and water; quality assured food and drugs; plus continue to support Social Security and Medicare (the most successful programs ever for preserving the quality of life for our elders). The Death Penatly would clearly be off of the GOP's radar, as well as their ardent support of war. Life, anfter all means all life and lives of quaility- their laws would reflect that support.

    Alas, as we know they do not support any of these things, we see their anti-abortion/anti-birth control actions for what they really are: an outright assault on women's rights, with a Taliban-like simplicity to the modern world to make women third-class humans. These actions fly in the face of their call for "small government", "morality"and more "freedom". Simple hypocracy- a dog-whistle for their fundamentalist supporters. Nothing more, nothing less.

    November 4, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |