N.Y. to stockpile alternative abortion medication

Mifepristone (Mifeprex) and Misoprostol, are the two drugs used in a medication abortion. Mifepristone is taken first to stop the pregnancy, followed by Misoprostol to induce bleeding. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images/TNS

Gov. Kathleen Hochul ordered state health officials Tuesday to stockpile 150,000 doses of an abortion medication known as misoprostol, aiming to shield New York from a controversial court ruling that could result in a nationwide ban on another widely used abortion pill.

The 150,000 misoprostol doses, which will be purchased by the state Department of Health, amount to a five-year supply for New York, based on current anticipated needs, Hochul said.

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