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Federal Court Asks Ohio Supreme Court to look at RU-486 Law

Federal judges in Cincinnati want the Ohio Supreme Court to clarify a state law restricting the use of a bill that induces abortion that was supposed to go into effect in 2004.

The law would make it illegal for doctors to prescribe a drug known as RU-486 after the seventh week of pregnancy.

The case has been tied up in various courts. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday asked the Ohio Supreme Court to interpret parts of the law.

A lower federal court has ruled that the law is unclear and contains no exception to allow use of the drug in cases where a woman's health is at risk.

A message seeking comment was left Monday at the state Supreme Court. A court order barring implementation of the law remains in effect. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)