State Rep. Pat Ownbey said today he hopes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to take up whether or not the state can regulate abortion-inducing drugs will lead to the court overturning the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s ruling.
“The Oklahoma Supreme Court has been terribly inconsistent in a variety of their rulings and state lawmakers have lost a lot of faith in the court, which has undermined a lot of solid legislation,” said Ownbey, R-Ardmore. “When they ruled that Oklahoma could not put into place basic safety regulations regarding the use of an abortion-inducing drug, they simply ignored a very good case that was made for giving the state some authority over the drugs. I think the U.S. Supreme Court recognizes this and that is why they are going to give this case a look.”
House Bill 1970, which was struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, would have required physicians to examine their patients before prescribing an abortion-inducing drug and schedule a follow-up appointment. The legislation also required that physicians not prescribe the drug in situations in which it was medically contraindicated such as in the case of ectopic pregnancies.
Ownbey was one of 79 Oklahoma state lawmakers in conjunction with American United for Life that filed a “friend of the court” brief in support of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s request that the Supreme Court hear Cline v. OK Coalition for Reproductive Justice.
The U.S. Supreme Court has sent questions back to the Oklahoma Supreme Court that they want answered. The high court will wait on answers from the state supreme court before taking further action.
“This case should never have been one that we would have to trouble the U.S. Supreme Court with, but unfortunately, the Oklahoma Supreme Court did not rule correctly,” said Ownbey. “They ignored the basic purpose of the bill, which is to protect the health and safety of Oklahoma patients.”