Judge Blocks An Oklahoma Anti-Abortion Law That Restricts The Way Doctors Can Prescribe Drugs For Patients

Oklahoma County District Judge Daniel Owens temporarily blocked the state’s new law that restricts “the ways in which doctors can treat women with abortion-inducing drugs,” like the morning after pill. The law, meant to take effect on Nov. 1, prohibits off-label uses of these drugs “such as changing a recommended dosage or prescribing it for different symptoms than the drug was initially approved for.” Women’s health advocates noted that such practices are common and that the law would “prevent doctors from using their best medical judgment.” The Center for Reproductive Rights, the group challenging the law, noted that 21 percent of all drugs are prescribed for off-label use and that the injunction ensures “women in Oklahoma will continue to be able to access medical care that accounts for scientific evidence, sound medical judgment and advancements in medicine.” Similar laws in North Dakota and Ohio are delayed pending legal challenges.