California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday criticized Walgreens for his decision to stop distributing abortion pills in 20 states and said California would no longer do business with the company.
“California will not do business with @Walgreens — or any company that fears extremists and puts women’s lives at risk. We’re done,” Newsom said. He tweeted. on Monday.
Walgreens announced last week that it would no longer sell abortion pills by mail order in 20 states after the attorneys general of those states warned that the company and CVS could face legal consequences for selling the pills. The states are Iowa, Alaska, Arkansas, Alabama, South Dakota, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas; Many states have strong restrictions on abortion.
“California is reviewing all relationships between Walgreens and the state. We do not do business with companies that approach right-wing bullies who push their extremist agenda or that put politics above the health of women and girls,” a Newsom spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill.
Walgreens’ move, first reported by Politico, drew criticism from the White House on Friday, with White House press secretary Karen Jean-Pierre saying Republicans targeting pharmacies to supply the pill is dangerous and unacceptable.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the abortion pill in January by allowing US retail pharmacies to dispense the pill to patients with a prescription, rather than requiring it to be administered in person by doctors or clinics.