State Rep. Randy Grau today announced the filing of a ‘friend of the court” brief with the Oklahoma Supreme Court signed by 83 state lawmakers supporting the state’s authority to place basic safety requirements on the prescription of abortion-inducing drugs.
Grau and state Sen. Greg Treat authored House Bill 1970, which required physicians to examine their patients before prescribing an abortion-inducing drug and to follow the Federal Drug Administration protocol in prescribing certain drugs to ensure their proper use.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down the law. However, both Grau, on behalf of lawmakers and Americans United for Life, and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, requested the U.S. Supreme Court review the case, known as Cline v. OK Coalition for Reproductive Justice. In June of 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed and sent questions back to the Oklahoma Supreme Court regarding the law’s impact. Grau, an Oklahoma City attorney, is representing the legislators in the case.
The high court will wait on answers from the state supreme court before taking further action.
“Oklahoma lawmakers have a duty to protect patients and ensure the safe practice of medicine in our state,” said Grau, R-Edmond. “This law is reasonable and constitutional. Similar laws have been upheld in other states, and, therefore, it is important for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear this case and overturn the incorrect ruling of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.”