Thursday, August 5, 2004

Abortion pill law in court



By Dan Horn
Enquirer staff writer

State officials and abortion rights activists are bracing for battle over a new Ohio law that restricts access to a pill used to induce abortions.

The first challenge to the law, which takes effect Sept. 23, came this week when four Ohio abortion providers sued in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati to block enforcement of the law's provisions.

The suit claims the law is unconstitutional because it restricts access to the pill and puts unreasonable limits on when the pill can be taken.

It also claims the law is vague and would expose doctors to criminal prosecution for performing legal services.

The pill, known as RU-486, is effective for weeks after conception.

The Ohio law requires doctors to adhere to federal guidelines that declare the drug is most safe and effective if used within seven weeks of conception.

But the four abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood of Cincinnati, claim the FDA guidelines are too restrictive.

E-mail dhorn@enquirer.com




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