The sellers face up to 5 years in prison.
On February 19th, 2021, police working with the Consumer Protection Offense Division and the FDA announced the take down of a network of illegal abortion drug smugglers that operated on Twitter. Ten people were arrested in 5 provinces, and 943 abortion pills were seized in a raid in Chiang Mai.
The network sold the drugs on Twitter for more than a month. Six of the suspects were arrested in Chiang Mai, which was the central operation of the network. They bought the abortion drugs from a store in Chiang Mai, which operated as an illegal pharmacy. The pharmacist was arrested for selling the illegal abortion drugs. Suspects were also arrested in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Sakhon, and Kanchanaburi.
Maximum penalty for the sale of these drugs is 5 years imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 baht.
The pharmacist will be under review by the FDA to revoke their professional licenses. Recently law has been passed that allows abortion up to 12 weeks but it must be done legally under medical supervision.
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My take: There is obviously a market need for these drugs that is not being filled by other options throughout the country. However, it is yet to be seen how laws being changed in regards to abortion will impact access in the future.
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