McKee says abortion drug remains legal in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — After the federal court ruling in Texas, Gov. Dan McKee said mifepristone — beingly commonly referred to as an abortion drug — remains legal in Rhode Island.

“Here in Rhode Island, our administration is working to ensure continued access to care, which is available through ample supply of medication and surgical means,” said McKee.

The governor said he directed the Department of Health last week to conduct outreach to health care facilities in the state to make sure there was enough inventory and that mifepristone continues to be accessible.

“There is a sufficient amount of mifepristone in Rhode Island at this time,” he said.

The Department of Health said that this medication is approved for use by the Federal Drug Administration and it’s safe and effective.

“There should be no changes in clinical practice for the prescribing, dispensing, and administration of mifepristone, or any other reproductive health medication, in Rhode Island at this time,” the Department of Health said in a formal advisory to Rhode Island providers.

McKee said his team will continue to stay in contact with the Biden administration and the coalition of governors focused on protecting reproductive rights.

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