Abortion-inducing drugs could face restrictions

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm •  Published: February 5, 2013
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Fillingane said that he believed the bill would help resolve problems with the home use of medication and lack of follow-up visits. But Brown-Williams said the bill is about creating more hurdles to abortion.

"The reasons for these bills are to do everything possible to restrict abortion services," Brown-Williams said. Her organization prescribes the drugs in other states, but not in Mississippi.

Only a doctor could prescribe the drugs under the proposed law, and the physician would have to report every prescription to the state Department of Health. Physicians would also have to report every "adverse event" to the FDA and the state Board of Medical Licensure. Any doctor who violates the law could face lawsuits, lose their licenses and be convicted of a misdemeanor.

Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, said he supported the bill but that he worried about "inserting ourselves in the decision-making process of physicians."

It's the latest attempt to stop abortion in Mississippi.

The only clinic in the state that provides surgical abortions, the Jackson Women's Health Organization, faces revocation of its operating license by the state Health Department. The clinic was unable to meet a 2012 state law that requires anyone doing abortions be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to the hospital.

The clinic's owner, Diane Derzis, has said local hospitals would not issue privileges to out-of-state physicians who do most of the abortions.

The effort to more closely regulate the drugs mirrors efforts by anti-abortion forces in a number of states. Most significantly, in Ohio, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has approved most of that state's law that contains similar restrictions.

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Senate Bill 2795: http://bit.ly/VSn4yn

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