Louisiana Is First State to Make Abortion Pills Illegal


LGov. Jeff Landry (R-LA) has signed a new law prohibiting the use of two medications commonly used for abortions: mifepristone and misoprostol.

Louisiana has categorized these drugs under Schedule IV of its Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law, making it the first state to classify them in this manner. Possession of these medications without a prescription or order from a medical professional can lead to a prison sentence of up to five years.

“Requiring an abortion-inducing drug to be obtained with a prescription and criminalizing the use of an abortion drug on an unsuspecting mother is nothing short of common sense,” Landry tweeted. “This bill protects women across Louisiana and I was proud to sign this bill into law today.”

Schedule IV includes some narcotics and medications such as Xanax and Valium.

Vice President Kamala Harris criticized the legislation, attributing blame to former President Donald Trump.

“Extremists in Louisiana just passed legislation to criminalize the possession of safe and effective abortion medication with penalties of several years of jail time,” she tweeted.

Landry quote-tweeted Harris’s post, stating, “Another day, another lie from the Biden administration. Proud to stand with our legislature to ensure this drug can be obtained legally and safely—ensuring the protection of all women. Without this bill, women and the unborn are more susceptible to predators.”

“Contrary to the false narrative that the media perpetuates, we stand with the women of Louisiana,” he asserted.

Landry also criticized Harris two days before her tweet, following her negative reaction to the passage of the bill in the Louisiana House. He remarked that she “should spend more time fixing our southern border than misleading the American people on [state Sen. Thomas Pressly’s] bill.”

Ross O'Keefe
Ross O'Keefe
Breaking News Reporter. Ross pitches and writes polished quick-hit pieces about a variety of subjects with a focus on politics. He graduated from the University of Maryland's Phillip Merrill College of Journalism in 2023.

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