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      RS 40:1061.11     


§1061.11. Drugs or chemicals used; penalties

            A. When any drug or chemical is used for the purpose of inducing an abortion, the physician who prescribed the drug or chemical shall be in the same room and in the physical presence of the pregnant woman when the drug or chemical is initially administered, dispensed, or otherwise provided to the pregnant woman.

            B. The drug or chemical shall not be administered, dispensed, or otherwise provided to the pregnant woman by a physician or any person acting under the physician's direction, whether in a licensed outpatient abortion facility, private medical office or any other facility, unless the physician has obtained the voluntary and informed consent of the pregnant woman pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 40:1061.17 and the requirements set forth in that Section.

            C. If a physician prescribes, dispenses, administers, or provides any drug or chemical to a pregnant woman for the purpose of inducing an abortion, the physician shall report the abortion to the Louisiana Department of Health as provided in R.S. 40:1061.21.

            D. In addition to the requirements of reporting complications to the Louisiana Department of Health pursuant to R.S. 40:1061.21, if the physician knows that the woman experienced a serious adverse event, as defined by the MedWatch Reporting System, during or after the administration or use of the drug, the physician shall also report the event to the United States Food and Drug Administration through the MedWatch Reporting System not later than the third day after the date the physician learns that the event occurred.

            E. The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners may take disciplinary action as authorized in R.S. 37:1261 et seq. or any other applicable provision of law against a physician who violates any provision of this Section.

            F. Any person not under the direct and immediate supervision of a physician who knowingly performs or attempts to perform an abortion using chemicals or drugs in violation of this Section shall be subject to penalties pursuant to R.S. 40:1061.29. No penalty may be assessed against the woman who undergoes the abortion.

            G. The provisions of R.S. 40:1061.1 shall apply to this Section.

            Acts 2013, No. 259, §1, eff. June 10, 2013; Acts 2014, No. 620, §1, eff. Sept. 1, 2014; Redesignated from R.S. 40:1299.35.2.1 by HCR 84 of 2015 R.S.; Acts 2022, No. 545, §3.

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