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NH high court OK's ruling on abortion pill RU-486

May 22. 2014 8:15PM

CONCORD — The state Supreme Court has upheld rulings that Planned Parenthood of New Hampshire is legally able to dispense the medical abortion pill RU-486.

The pro-life group New Hampshire Right to Life complained that the New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy improperly granted licenses to the six Planned Parenthood of Northern New England clinics in New Hampshire. State law allows for non-pharmacists to dispense prescription drugs in clinics operated by, or under contract with, the state Department of Health and Human Services. Each clinic must obtain a license from the Board of Pharmacy.

The court ruled that the board acted properly in granting the licenses and ruled that the pro-life group did not have standing as an aggrieved party in order to seek intervenor status to prevent the renewal of the licenses.

“In appealing the Board’s denial of its motion for a rehearing, NHRTL does not allege a specific injury in fact. Instead, it asserts a generalized interest in helping the public by ensuring that the Board properly regulate clinics that provide abortion services,” the court’s decision reads.

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