Gavin Newsom says California won’t do business with Walgreens over refusal to distribute abortion pills to 20 states

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California governor pulls up on Walgreens

California governor says state won’t do business with Walgreens over abortion pill decision


California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state will no longer do business with Walgreens after it recently decided not to do delivery. abortion medicine by mail in 20 US states.

His condemnation of the second-largest US pharmacy chain came after Walgreens said Friday it would stop distributing mifepristone, part of a two-drug combination commonly known as abortion pill,

Newsom tweeted Monday, “California will not do business with @walgreens — or any company that stokes extremists and puts women’s lives at risk. We’re done.”

The move comes after Republican lawyers in 20 states pressured her not to sell the abortion drug and threatened legal action.

Walgreens did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company said in a statement to CBS News last week that it “intends to become a certified pharmacy under the program, however we will only dispense in jurisdictions where it is legal to do so if certified.”

More than half of abortions in the US use mifepristone. The drug, which is also used to treat miscarriage, can be ordered online with a prescription, even in states where surgical abortion is prohibited.

-The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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