Walgreens to stop offering Mifepristone in states with abortion restrictions

Walgreens announced on Thursday that it will not send mifepristone abortion pills to the states of 20 Republican attorneys general because doing so would put the pharmacy chain in violation of the law, Reuters reported.

The choice was made after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration permitted retail pharmacies to dispense mifepristone pills, including through the mail, as long as they are accredited under specific safety guidelines for the medication.

The pharmacy made its choice, according to a Walgreens spokesperson, in reaction to a letter from the attorney general. They claimed that Walgreens planned to become a licensed pharmacy and would only distribute in areas where doing so was permitted.

A request for comment from Reuters was not quickly answered by CVS, which also received the letter.

The stance of Walgreens was first reported on Thursday by the news website Politico.

Since the Supreme Court reversed a landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that had acknowledged abortion as a constitutional right across the country in June, attention has grown more focused on medication abortion, which accounts for more than half of abortions in the United States.

Mifepristone is authorized for use in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy for abortion when combined with the medication misoprostol.

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