La. lawmaker proposes plan to crack down on abortion pills

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) — Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, wants to make it illegal to buy abortion pills without a prescription from a licensed physician and penalize companies that sell abortion pills to women without a prescription.

“We think it’s good policy, it’s good for a woman’s health, and it certainly brings a medical professional into the conversation,” Sen. Hewitt said.

The FDA, under the Biden administration, opened the door for women to receive abortion pills in the mail.

“I don’t understand how a state legislator can tell me I can’t go to a doctor in Mississippi or Texas, that’s my business,” said Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, who s oppose the bill.

Rep. Landry tweeted about the bill on Monday, calling it awful, and said the bill’s simple premise was flawed.

“Well, you can’t get them right now without a prescription anywhere because they’re prescription drugs,” Rep. Landry added.

But Senator Hewitt says companies outside of Louisiana are supplying pills to women anyway.

“Yeah, and they’ve been doing it by mail order now since December 2021. And so there’s no requirement for pregnancy tests, you know, there’s just no checks and balances in terms of is about women’s health,” the senator said. Hewitt explained.

The penalty for buying or selling these pills without a prescription, depending on the offense and your age, can range from financial penalties to jail time.

“While we want to protect every unborn child, we also want to make sure that these women are not accessing these abortion pills from places that do not provide good services and reviews of the current state of health. a woman,” said Ben Clapper of Louisiana Right to Life.

Governor John Bel Edwards is moving away from Democratic positions on abortion and has come out in favor of life. Representative Landry is almost certain that the bill will pass and that the governor will sign it.

An attempt was made to reach Planned Parenthood for comment, but there was no response from the group.

This bill will be considered by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee once the session opens on Monday, March 14.

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