For every step forward in the fight for reproductive choice, there seems to be a step back. This is one of those weeks – a success coupled with a serious challenge lying ahead.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear oral argument in Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, in which Terry Cline, the Oklahoma Commissioner of Health, sought to reinstate a law that would restrict doctors’ use of drugs in place of surgery to perform an abortion. The decision came after a decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which ruled that the 2011 law was unconstitutional. The 2011 law in question would prohibit use of the medication RU-486 and others in abortion procedures, significantly limiting access.. In deciding that review of the case was “improvidently granted,” the U.S. Supreme Court granted an important success to women and families in the state of Oklahoma.