(UPI) -- An Oklahoma law banning all medical abortions was struck down when it was deemed unconstitutional by the state supreme court and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
The Supreme Court initially agreed to hear the case, which deals with the difference between an FDA guideline last updated in 2000, and best practices determined by the medical community, after the state's highest court ruled it unconstitutional in December.
In June, Supreme Court justices asked the state court for clarification of its overly vague decision. The state court replied Tuesday, saying the law "effectively bans all medical abortions."
“Ninety-six percent of medication abortions in the United States are now provided according to a regimen different from the one described in mifepristone’s FDA-approved label,” the court said.
The Oklahoma law attempted to force doctors to use three drugs used to induce abortion only in the way approved by the FDA, including forcing patients to take the drugs at a medical facility. Doctors routinely combine the drugs for better effect, and allow patients to take them in their own homes.
While the Supreme Court was willing to consider whether the state could require physicians to follow the FDA's protocols, its decision not to hear the case indicates its hesitance to tackle the broader challenges to abortion laws.
Still, with several similar laws from Texas and Ohio in courts, abortion is certain to be featured in other upcoming cases.