Walgreens may close in California
Walgreens has decided to stop selling abortion pills in more than 20 states, with California included on that list. This comes a few months after the United States Supreme Court ruled in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, effectively overturning Roe v. Wade. Since then, many states have moved to abolish and criminalize getting an abortion; so convicted persons could receive jail time.
California was not one of these states, as Gov. Gavin Newsom encouraged women from all over the USA that if they wanted a safe abortion, then California would be a haven for them.
Newsom has doubled down on his support for women’s abortion rights as he has announced that California will not do business with Walgreens anymore.
“California will not stand by as corporations cave to extremists and cut off critical access to reproductive care and freedom,” said Newsom. “California is on track to be the fourth largest economy in the world, and we will leverage our market power to defend the right to choose.”
Walgreens decided to stop selling the pill Mifepristone as a letter signed by 20 Republican attorneys general stating that Walgreens and CVS would be subject to financial penalties and legal consequences if they sell the pill within their states. The attorney generals represent states like Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.
“I can confirm we have responded to the state attorneys general letter to Walgreens dated Feb. 1 by indicating we will not dispense mifepristone in their respective states,” a Walgreens spokesperson told Healthline.
While California is a blue state, Walgreens new policy for the drug has a cause of concern for people because Walgreens will only sell where in “jurisdictions where it is legal and operationally feasible.”
This new vague policy is causing an uproar from Newsom and his team.
“We are reviewing all relationships between Walgreens and the state,” said Newsom spokesman Brandon Richards. He also accused the company of giving in to “right-wing bullies.”
The end of this partnership could lead to a loss of 54 million dollars for Walgreens as Newsom is pulling back from renewing the contract with the pharmacy. Walgreens senior director claims that Newsom is jumping to conclusions led by “false information,” and is “deeply disappointed,” in the possible ending of their business partnership.
According to American Life League( ALL), 383,460 abortions were performed from 2020-2021 by Planned Parenthood, and of that total number, 134,850 patients were Black women.
As states choose sides where they stand with abortions, it is becoming clear that Newsom is standing with women and supporting them in having control over their bodies.
While Walgreens is still figuring out what “jurisdiction” they will sell in, it seems that California isn’t one of them barring some changes in their policy.
For more information on Walgreens and where to get abortion pills, contact your local Planned Parenthood or visit this link https://tinyurl.com/3bmbk542.