Womens Health

Supreme Court Dismisses Major Anti-Abortion Case From Docket

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

In a victory for abortion rights, the U.S. Supreme Court removed a major anti-abortion case from its docket Monday without any explanation.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling in the case of Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice struck down a ban on the use of an abortion drugs, like RU-486. The 2011 Law banned using any drug for the purpose of abortion if abortion is an off-label use.

Oklahoma justice’s said in December 2012 that the scope of the law is too broad and bans all medical abortions, including methods specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The U.S. Supreme Court has made the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling final, officially invalidating the 2011 law.

The Supreme Court issued a one-line order Monday that the Oklahoma case was dismissed as "improvidently granted."

The dismissal sets a precedent in which the high court is not allow a state to ban an abortion procedure approved by the federal government.

The court will likely hear a major medication abortion case in the near future, as the fight for reproductive rights continues in Texas, whose laws are much stricter than Oklahoma’s.

Sources: Reuters, ThinkProgress