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Louisiana Lawmakers Pass Bill Making Abortion Pills Controlled Dangerous Substances

Summary of article from AP News, by Sara Cline:

Louisiana is set to reclassify abortion-inducing drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, as controlled and dangerous substances under a new bill that has received final legislative approval. Supporters of the bill argue it will protect women from coerced abortions, while critics, including numerous doctors, fear it will hamper their ability to prescribe these medicines for other reproductive health needs. The bill would place these drugs on the list of Schedule IV drugs under the state’s Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law, requiring doctors to have a specific license to prescribe them and the drugs to be stored in certain facilities. Critics warn this could create barriers to treatment and cause unnecessary fear and confusion. The bill now awaits the signature of the conservative Republican Governor Jeff Landry, who has indicated his support.