Louisiana bill would place abortion pills on same list as opiates

louisiana bill would place abortion pills on same list as opiates

Louisiana bill would place abortion pills on same list as opiates

Louisiana is moving to criminalize possession of two medications used to induce abortion without a prescription, with punishments including prison time.

Why it matters: If approved, Louisiana would become the first state to categorize mifepristone and misoprostol as controlled dangerous substances, a class of drugs that includes medications that can be abused such as narcotics, steroids and depressants.

  • Abortion, both via medication and surgery, is already completely banned in the state with very limited exceptions, per the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights.
  • The new amendment would list mifepristone and misoprostol under Louisiana's Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, which regulates drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

Yes, but it is not a violation for someone to possess mifepristone or misoprostol "for her own consumption," the bill states.

Where it stands: The amendment will be put up for a final vote in the Louisiana House before June 3.

Zoom out: Medication abortion accounted for about two out of three abortions performed in the U.S. last year, the highest figure on record, according to a study by the Guttmacher Institute.

  • Mifepristone is commonly used in tandem with a second FDA-approved drug, misoprostol, for use in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. The pills are increasingly prescribed online and mailed to patients after the FDA eliminated the requirement that they be picked up in person.

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