If Mifepristone Were Really Like Ecstasy and Weed, It Would Probably Be *More* Popular
As further proof that some people who want to restrict abortion access don’t bother with logical consistency, a bill that just passed in the Missouri house (and was intended to deal with the sale of drugs that can be used in meth production, such as cold medicines with pseudoephedrine) now has an amendment added by Rep. Ray Salva which adds mifepristone (a medical abortion drug) to the list of Schedule I Controlled Substances. The specific criteria for Schedule I is that the substance has high potential for abuse; and has no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or lacks accepted safety for use in treatment under medical supervision. This class includes drugs such as ecstasy, heroin, marijuana, and LSD.
I wonder if the Representative knows that mifepristone is not only approved and legal for medical abortion, but can also be used for cervical ripening and induction of labor, either at term or following intrauterine fetal death? It’s not exactly a “street drug” with no accepted medical uses, and is not addictive.
The amendment is expected to be removed if it gets anywhere in the state Senate.