DeSantis Threatens Pharmacies That Dispense Abortion Pills

Republican gubernatorial candidate for Florida Ron DeSantis speaks during an election night watch party at the Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, on November 8, 2022. - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been tipped as a possible 2024 presidential candidate, was projected as one of the early winners of the night in Tuesday's midterm election. (Photo by Giorgio VIERA / AFP) (Photo by GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • 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.

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