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VOL. 128 | NO. 32 | Friday, February 15, 2013

Mississippi Bill Would Regulate Abortion-Inducing Drugs

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Associated Press

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Senate on Thursday passed a bill designed to regulate drugs that are used to induce abortions.

But abortion opponents who sought the bill say they believe it was watered down. Terri Herring of Pro-Life America Network says she can't support the bill in its current form.

Senate Bill 2795 originally said physicians could only prescribe the abortion-inducing drugs mifepristone and misoprostol according to directions from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They couldn't give off-label instructions different from those approved by the FDA.

The Mississippi State Medical Association said the original bill could've criminalized doctors for practicing medicine according to accepted standards of care.

On a split vote, senators made changes to address the medical association's concerns.

The bill goes to the House for more work.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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