Last week, the national pharmacy chain said it would not distribute mifepristone in 20 states after conservative attorneys general threatened legal action.
In a tweet, Newsom criticized the decision, writing, “California won’t be doing business with Walgreens or any company that cowers to the extremists and puts women’s lives at risk. We’re done.”
California won't be doing business with @walgreens — or any company that cowers to the extremists and puts women's lives at risk.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 6, 2023
The governor’s office did not immediately reply to ABC News’ request for comment.
Last month, the group of attorneys general sent a letter to CVS and Walgreens claiming that if they sold mifepristone, they would be in violation of the Comstock Act, an 1873 law that makes it illegal to send contraceptives, substances that cause abortion, pornographic content, sex toys and any written material about these items.
Many of the states that signed the letter — including Alaska, Iowa, Kansas and Montana — presently support abortion access, including abortion medication, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group centering on sexual and reproductive health.
In a statement to ABC News last week, Walgreens proclaimed it sent a letter to all of the attorneys general verifying it would not be selling mifepristone in their states
“From the outset, we have made our intentions clear to become a certified pharmacy to distribute mifepristone wherever legally possible,” a spokesperson said about the Newsom decision.
The spokesperson said Walgreen still plans to become certified under an FDA program to distribute the drug in other places but has not done so yet.
Newsom has been vocal about his support of abortion rights. After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade over the summer, he promised to protect both women and healthcare providers.
“California must do everything it can to protect the fundamental rights of all women — in California and beyond,” Newsom said at the time. “California will continue to be a safe haven for all women seeking reproductive healthcare services in our state.”
More than half of abortions in the U.S. are medication abortions, meaning they involved the use of mifepristone, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Walgreens has to lock up their toothbrushes and deodorant b/c of the crime in your state
Pretty sure they’re done with you too
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) March 6, 2023
Before you and your democrat overlords are done, nobody will ever want to do business in Corruptifornia ever again.
— David Wolfe (@DavidWolfe) March 7, 2023
The abortion pill kills babies and kills women.https://t.co/6vOTG1dkJz
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) March 6, 2023