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Monday, October 11, 2004

Federal judge says Ohio's RU-486 law too restrictive

"An Ohio law that was to go into effect September 23, 2004, to limit the use of the abortion-inducing drug RU-486
[The "Abortion Pill"] probably is too restrictive, a federal judge said.

"U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott issued a preliminary injunction September 22, 2004, barring the state from enforcing the law, saying that plaintiffs, three regional Planned Parenthood groups
[emphasis mine] across Ohio, Preterm of Cleveland and two private practitioners, likely would prevail at trial.

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of mifepristone, known as RU-486, in 2000 for use by women who are no more than 49 days pregnant and want a nonsurgical abortion.

The plaintiffs think it should be administerable past 49 days, despite the FDA's stipulation.

The attorney for the plaintiffs (Planned Parenthood, et. al.) said this, "The state of Ohio should stop meddling with the basic delivery of medicine to women..."

Perhaps he's said these very words to the F.D.A. too?

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