Florida Gov. Ro DeSantis has told pharmacies in his state this week that they can not sell abortion drugs despite a new Food and Drug Administration rule. Prior to the Biden administration, the FDA required that abortion pills be prescribed by a physician in-person but earlier this moth the agency changed course and allowed pharmacies to begin selling them. But Florida is not backing down, as the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration alerted pharmacies that they ill be prosecuted if they provide abortion drugs in violation of state laws.

“In light of the recent decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow retail pharmacies to dispense mifepristone, the Agency issues this alert to remind providers that they must continue to comply with Florida laws that govern the performance of abortions,” the agency said.

“The Agency will refer to local law enforcement any evidence of criminal activity that it discovers in its surveys of providers,” it continued in the alert. “Willfully violating these provisions could result in criminal penalties.”

According to Life News:

Florida law requires licensed physicians to oversee and administer the abortion drug directly to their patients. The state also prohibits killing unborn babies in abortions after 15 weeks.

In the alert, the agency pointed to a statute that makes it “unlawful for any person to perform or assist in performing an abortion on a person, except in an emergency care situation, other than in a validly licensed hospital or abortion clinic or in a physician’s office.” A second law states that “[n]o termination of pregnancy shall be performed at any time except by a [licensed] physician.”

Several other states also have laws that protect unborn babies by restricting abortion drugs.

A group of doctors and medical associations recently sued the Biden administration for its decisions to expand the abortion drugs, saying the government skirted the safety review process and put lives at risk.

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