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Louisiana Abortion Pill Law

Louisiana has become the first US state to criminalize possession of abortion medication under certain circumstances after Gov. Jeff Landry (R) Friday signed into law a bill reclassifying abortion medication as controlled substances. 

Under the law, mifepristone and misoprostol—a two-drug regimen used in the majority of all US abortions—will be added as Schedule IV drugs in Louisiana’s list of restricted substances. That category is defined as having the potential for abuse and dependency and includes Ambien, Valium, and Xanax. Anyone who is not pregnant or a licensed medical provider could face up to five years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines if found carrying either of the abortion medications without a prescription. The Food and Drug Administration does not consider abortion pills addictive.

Louisiana also bans most abortions, except in cases where the mother’s life is at risk, or the fetus has a fatal condition. See a map of US abortion laws here.

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