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Louisiana is making it even more difficult to obtain abortion pills


Abortion campaigners have protested against restrictions on access to abortion pills. Louisiana passed new austerity measures on Thursday, and it is expected that the governor will approve them. Archive photo: Jose Luis Magana / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 24.05.2024 01:39:37

Social conditions: Supporters of the tightening say it will protect women from being pressured to have an abortion. For their part, several doctors say that it is becoming more difficult for them to prescribe mifepristone and misoprostol, which are also used for other important treatments in reproductive health. This can lead to delays in treatment.

Thursday’s tightening means, among other things, that doctors need an additional license to prescribe the medicine. It must be stored in specific warehouses, which may be located far from rural clinics.

Possession of the abortion pills without correct documentation can result in large fines and prison terms.

It is expected that the governor will approve the new law in the state, which already has an almost total ban on abortion. It is expected that other states may follow Louisiana’s lead with similar laws.

Both mifepristone and misoprostol are approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are used, among other things, for treatment after miscarriage, to initiate labor and to prevent bleeding. Misoprostol is also approved for the treatment of peptic ulcers.

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