Okla. Senate OKs abortion drug restrictions

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill that would restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs in Oklahoma has easily passed the state Senate.

The Senate voted 37-5 Tuesday for the bill that was written in direct response to a state Supreme Court decision that tossed a similar measure approved by the Legislature in 2011.

The bill would prohibit off-label uses of certain abortion-inducing drugs by requiring doctors to administer the drugs only in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court declared the bill unconstitutional, saying it effectively banned all drug-induced abortions in the state. The bill specifically states it does not ban the use of misoprostol in chemical abortions or the off-label use of drugs for the treatment of ectopic pregnancies.

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