Missouri House of Representatives introduced an amendment on a drug monitoring bill on Tuesday that would classify mifepristone, formerly known as RU-486, as a Schedule I controlled substance. Schedule I controlled substances are drugs that have a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value, such as heroin or LSD. Mifepristone is not addictive and is only administered by a women's healthcare provider. It is not available by prescription or at a pharmacy.
State Representative Kenneth Jones, the original bill's sponsor, said in the Columbia Missourian that "Class I drugs have a lot of addictive qualities, but no medical qualities. [Mifepristone] just doesn't fit there. Whether you put it there or not, it doesn't fit with the federal standards for a Schedule I drug."
According the the Kansas City Star, the bill was originally intended to combat the production of methamphetamine by monitoring the purchase of prescription drugs. It has not yet passed in the state House.
Michelle Trupiano, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood told the Kansas City Star, "This whole amendment was about anti-choice legislators wanting to talk about abortion, no matter what the issue."
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .