Lawmaker Questions Unintended Consequences of Ag Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (February 3, 2010) Today a bill passed out of the House Agriculture and Rural Development committee that one lawmaker states is going to have the potential to place dangerous drugs in the hands of the public, drugs known to be used for date-rapes and back-yard abortions. House Bill 3202, authored by Representative Don Armes, R-Faxon, removes equine teeth floating from of the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act. This measure also relaxes state prescription drug laws that will allow non-licensed individuals to be in legal possession of dangerous sedatives that could be misused and abused for purposes other than which it is intended. Representative Brian Renegar, D-Blanco, serves as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He noted that Rep. Armes added a new section of law into the Veterinary Practice Act that makes breeding of animals an act of “animal husbandry”. 

      A veterinarian of 34 years, Rep. Renegar states that there are certain drugs used to synchronize breeding cycles, and that these drugs are deemed highly abortifacient drugs. These drugs are the newest and most popular drug used by young women to end unwanted pregnancies“These kids that are abusing these drugs are really good at attaching acronyms, and this particular class of drugs is called “CC”s, which stands for “chemical coat-hangers”, stated Rep. Renegar. “I am a lifelong veterinarian and very supportive of agriculture – but this bill is unnecessary and does nothing to benefit agriculture.”“We are here as legislators to protect the public good, and simply put, this bill does the exact opposite in that it will allow non-licensed individuals access to these harmful drugs.” “I find it ironic that on Rose Day at the Capitol, a day in which advocates walk our halls to promote and support the lives of unborn babies, that we passed a bill out of committee that may have the unintended consequences of ending the life of the unborn.”