HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra (Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

In post-Roe guid­ance, HHS tells 60,000 phar­ma­cies: Don't stop dis­pens­ing abor­tion drugs

The De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices on Wednes­day is­sued guid­ance to rough­ly 60,000 US re­tail phar­ma­cies, re­mind­ing them of their oblig­a­tions un­der fed­er­al civ­il rights laws to con­tin­ue to fill med­i­cines, even if they’re for or re­lat­ed to abor­tions.

The con­tentious move fol­lows the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion to over­turn decades of prece­dent pro­vid­ing for le­gal abor­tions. Phar­ma­cies na­tion­wide have now been in­formed that they may not dis­crim­i­nate against cus­tomers and are not al­lowed to make de­ter­mi­na­tions re­gard­ing the suit­abil­i­ty of a pre­scribed drug for a pa­tient, or to ad­vise pa­tients about med­ica­tions and how to take them.

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