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Another Abortion Law Blocked

Another Abortion Law Blocked

An Oklahoma judge temporarily blocked a new law that bans abortions via the common drug mifepristone. The law was set to take effect on Nov. 1 and requires doctors to follow strict guidelines and protocols by the Food and Drug Administration and prohibits off-label uses of the drugs. It also requires doctors to conduct additional exams of the women, document certain medical conditions and schedule follow-up appointments.

Opponents of the law challenged it as overly broad, saying the off-label use of the drug–like changing the recommended dosage–is common and this measure interferes with doctors ability to use their best medical judgment when treating women. As many as 21 percent of all drugs are prescribed for off-label use, but so mar mifepristone has been the only one targeted by legislators nationwide.

Similar laws in North Dakota and Ohio have been delayed pending legal challenges.

Proponents of the measure argue that mifepristone is a dangerous drug and should be used only in strict accordance with FDA guidelines. They argue that the ban is intended to protect women from dangerous side-effects of the drug but, so far, have been unable to articulate how the wisdom of the legislature is a substitute for the wisdom of a trained medical professional on this issue.

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6:35PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Noted!

1:51AM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

This is the very reason why I think the government should stay out of health care, unless it's to bring awareness. The health care system should be free market, based on the demand/supply natural balance.

12:13PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Politicians have no business trying to make medical decisions. But I notice the area of womens health care seems to be the only place we see law after law after law. If a doctor says that the best option for a woman is RU486 then why would a politician who has a degree in, say, phys ed, or maybe isnt even degreed at all, imagine he (or she) is in a better position to decide medical care than the degreed medical professional?

9:57PM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

Joan S., I care about you and your life -- don't hold your breath, while waiting on those "christians" to be christ-like.

12:22PM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

I long for the day when those Christians that are bigoted and spew hatred learn to actually be Christ like.

12:07PM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

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7:28AM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

Pam W. No true Christian would support cheating men or those who abandon their responsibility. (They would not invite them in their homes teaching their children this is right and ok) It is not just the born child that needs the Needs the financial support of the father. It takes 2 support a pregnancy as well as a born child. The major cause of abortion is not birth control it is finances and Cheating men! Those boys your generation raised, who then breed another generation trash. To often to maintain a pregnancy can cost the roof over the woman’s and her existing families head. Missing work for doctors appointments, exhaustion in the first trimester missing over time, having to quit that second job, and or having a job that requires to much physical activity like mine where I toss 150 to 300 lb around to keep the roof over my kids heads. Just 1 day off to many women’s check can cost a roof. So until you are prepared to follow that belief up with a solution to the financial ability to support a pregnancy and the child, or you are prepared to require the fathers from the time of conception to assist in the financial cost of being pregnant, that includes dental not just lost work, and require it with actual jail time, for those who fail to provide reasonable support. If you cant do the follow up then keep your religion out of my body.

2:11PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Goodness! An entire day gone by without a post from Kathleen. Could it be that having her "This is a Christian nation" and "I am not judgmental but no TRUE Christian would support abortion" nonsense refuted by several people has caused her some shame?

10:23AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Whoops! Glenna, sorry I accidentally put in Kathleen instead of Glenna in my last post. So sorry!

10:15AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

To Marianne, Kathleen, and Elizabeth, You are absolutely right in your blogs on our Founding Fathesr. The were not religious zealots, some were not religious at all. They specifically put in the separation of church and state for a very good reason. And they knew that reason very well. I also am a history buff and have read many books on their lives.

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