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Abortion Drugs Are Now Controlled Substances Here

Lousiana Gov. Jeff Landry signs legislation on mifepristone, misoprostol

(Newser) - First-of-its-kind legislation that classifies two abortion-inducing drugs as controlled and dangerous substances was signed into law Friday by Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry. The Republican governor announced his signing of the bill in Baton Rouge a day after it gained final legislative passage in the state Senate. The measure affects the...

Abortion Pills on Brink of Being Reclassified in Louisiana

State House and Senate have both passed bill

(Newser) - Louisiana is one signature away from being the first US state to reclassify two abortion-inducing drugs as dangerous controlled substances. The State Senate passed the bill 29-7 on Thursday, and GOP Gov. Jeff Landry is expected to sign it. The law would move the abortion pills mifepristone and misoprostol into...

Louisiana Looks to Criminalize Possession of Abortion Drugs

Bill would make mifepristone and misoprostol 'controlled dangerous substances'

(Newser) - Louisiana could become the first state to label abortion pills as controlled dangerous substances. Lawmakers have added a last-minute amendment to a bill, SB 276, that would criminalize an abortion involving a pregnant woman given abortion pills without her consent. The bill unanimously passed the Senate last month. The amendment...

An 1873 Law May Be New Front in Abortion Fight
An 1873 Law May Be New
Front in Abortion Fight
the rundown

An 1873 Law May Be New Front in Abortion Fight

Comstock Act, banning the mailing of 'obscene' materials, hasn't been applied in nearly a century

(Newser) - A century and a half ago, before women had the right to vote, a federal law was enacted banning the mailing of "obscene, lewd, [or] lascivious" materials, including abortion drugs. Though never fully repealed, the 1873 Comstock Act hasn't been applied in nearly a century and some experts...

Abortion-Rights Backers May Get a Win at Supreme Court

Most justices sound skeptical about challenge to abortion pill mifepristone

(Newser) - It looks like those who support abortion access will be getting good news from the Supreme Court. The justices heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could drastically curb use of the commonly used abortion pill mifepristone, and news coverage is pretty much unanimous in asserting that most justices—both...

Issue of Abortion Is Again Before the Supreme Court

Justices will hear arguments on whether to restrict access to abortion pill

(Newser) - Abortion is once again before the Supreme Court, this time in a closely watched case about a commonly used abortion pill, mifepristone. The justices will hear arguments Tuesday morning on whether it should be more difficult for women to get the drug, which was used in two-thirds of US abortions...

Supreme Court Takes Up Abortion Pill Case This Week

Justices could roll back availability of mifepristone

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court will take up a case Tuesday that could impact how women get access to mifepristone, one of the two pills used in the most common type of abortion in the nation. The central dispute in the case is whether the FDA overlooked serious safety problems when...

Mifepristone to Be Available at CVS, Walgreens Stores

Biden calls the change a milestone

(Newser) - The abortion pill mifepristone will become available with a prescription at CVS and Walgreens stores in certain states this month, the companies said Friday. The pharmacy chains, the largest in the nation, have received certification to dispense the medication under FDA guidelines issued last year, the New York Times reports....

Two Studies Cited in Ruling on Abortion Pill Are Retracted

Medical publisher commissioned peer review after judge used the findings in case headed to Supreme Court

(Newser) - A medical journal has retracted two studies claiming to show the harms of the abortion pill mifepristone, citing conflicts of interest by the authors and flaws in their research. Two of the three studies retracted by medical publisher Sage Perspectives were cited in a pivotal Texas court ruling that has...

When SCOTUS Ruling Leaked, Women Stockpiled Abortion Pills

Demand for 'advance provision' spiked at times when future access to pills looked questionable

(Newser) - Thousands of women stocked up on abortion pills just in case, with demand peaking in the past few years at times when it looked like the medications might become harder to get. Medication abortion accounts for more than half of all abortions in the US, and typically involves two drugs:...

Supreme Court Will Take on Abortion Pill, Trump Cases

Court could set limits on mifepristone, undo Capitol riot charges against hundreds, including Trump

(Newser) - The Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to take up a dispute over a medication used in the most common method of abortion in the United States, in what the AP reports is its first abortion case since it overturned Roe v. Wade last year. Also Wednesday, the court agreed to...

Appeals Court Upholds Abortion Drug Restrictions

But SCOTUS will have the final say

(Newser) - New restrictions on access to a drug used in the most common form of abortion would be imposed under a federal appeals court ruling issued Wednesday, but the Supreme Court will have the final say. The ruling by three judges on the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New...

Appeals Court Looks Poised to Block Abortion Pill Access

Three-judge panel appears sympathetic to arguments from challengers of mifepristone

(Newser) - Federal judges to rule on nationwide access to abortion pill mifepristone seem poised to "side with a lower court decision to block access to the drug," CNN reports. The judges of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana heard arguments from the Justice Department and drugmaker...

Lindsey Graham, CNN Host Get Into It Over Abortion Pill

Graham interrupts Dana Bash, accuses her of 'covering for these guys'

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham and CNN journalist Dana Bash had a bit of a sparring match over the abortion pill battle when Graham appeared on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday. Asked by Bash, who co-hosts the show, whether abortion is a federal or state issue, the senator responded, "...

Supreme Court Set to Rule on Abortion Pill
Supreme Court Keeps
Mifepristone Available

Supreme Court Keeps Mifepristone Available

Thomas, Alito dissent on blocking ruling against abortion pill during appeal

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Friday preserved for now women's access to a drug used in the most common method of abortion, rejecting lower-court restrictions while the legal battle continues. The justices granted emergency requests from the Biden administration and Danco Laboratories, maker of mifepristone, the AP reports. They are...

Supreme Court for Now Keeps FDA's Mifepristone Rules
Supreme Court Delays
Ruling on Abortion Pill

Supreme Court Delays Ruling on Abortion Pill

Alito extends stay on restrictions until Friday evening

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has delayed its ruling on the abortion pill mifepristone, leaving the drug widely available without new restrictions until at least Friday evening. Justice Samuel Alito issued the order on Wednesday, hours before an interim stay on a lower court's ruling was due to expire, the Guardian...

DOJ, Drugmaker Ask SCOTUS to Move on Mifepristone

If the ruling remains in place, it could affect drug availability nationwide

(Newser) - Just a day after the Justice Department announced that it disagreed with a ruling limiting abortion pill access, the Biden administration has requested that the Supreme Court block a Wednesday ruling from the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals that prevents pregnant women from receiving the drug mifepristone by mail....

DOJ Appeals Abortion Pill Ruling to Supreme Court

Garland announces request for emergency relief restoring full access to mifepristone

(Newser) - The Justice Department has announced it will not settle for the limited access to the abortion drug mifepristone that was restored late Wednesday by a federal appeals court. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department "strongly disagrees" with the ruling, per ABC News , in announcing Thursday that the...

Abortion Pill Fight at SCOTUS May Be 'Boundary Testing'

Legal experts say even conservative judges will see reason to pause

(Newser) - An attorney for abortion pill distributor Danco Laboratories says the company will appeal to the Supreme Court if the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals doesn't block a Texas judge's decision to reverse FDA approval of mifepristone. It's an "unprecedented judicial assault on a careful regulatory...

Ocasio-Cortez Urges Biden to Ignore Ruling on Abortion Pill

DOJ Appeals
Ruling on
Abortion Pill

DOJ Appeals Ruling on Abortion Pill

HHS secretary has said he wants Texas judge's decision overturned

(Newser) - On the first business day after a Texas judge blocked Federal Drug Administration approval of an abortion pill, the Justice Department lodged an appeal. The filing in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals asks that Judge Matthew Kascmaryk's ruling not take effect while the appeal is being decided, the...

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