DeSantis Threatens Pharmacies That Dispense Abortion Pills

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is threatening pharmacies with criminal prosecution if they provide abortion pills to patients after the Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule allowing more pharmacies to dispense mifepristone, one of the two pills used in medical abortions.
  • Florida currently bans abortions after 15 weeks and requires patients to have an ultrasound at a licensed abortion-providing facility, be “counseled” and wait 24 hours after counseling. Patients must take the first abortion pill in front of the doctor. The second can be taken at home.
  • Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration on Wednesday issued a Medicaid health care alert warning pharmacies against implementing the FDA rule, citing two statutes.