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.