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Abortion Pills Reclassified (2024)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2024-05-24

Duration: 00:05:44

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2024 | Drugs | Abortion | Health Care


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • Prasad, Smita Interviewee
  • Hamauei, Sarah Interviewee
  • Luneau, Jay Speaker
  • Pressly, Thomas Speaker
  • Morris, Jay Speaker
  • Duplessis, Royce Speaker


This segment from the May 24, 2024, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kara St. Cyr’s report on the Louisiana Legislature passing a bill at the 2024 Regular Session that reclassifies two pills used for abortion and miscarriages, mifepristone and misoprostol, as controlled dangerous substances. Her report includes highlights of the debate on the Senate floor, including comments by State Senators Jay Luneau, Thomas Pressly, Jay Morris, and Royce Duplessis. She also interviews Dr. Smita Prasad, an associate professor of addiction medicine at Tulane University, and Dr. Sarah Hamauei, an addiction medicine specialist.