The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of mifepristone in 2000. Since then, more than 2 million women have used the medication to end their pregnancies.
The Oklahoma law, which went into effect in 2014, requires physicians to abide by a decade-old FDA protocol that requires high dosages of abortion drugs and three visits to the doctor’s office, writes Nina Liss-Schultz. The protocol also makes the treatment harder to tolerate while failure rates more than double.
Abortion rights groups argue that the law ignores ample medical evidence and harms women.