Walgreens will not distribute abortion pills in US states where they remain legal: Politico

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March 2 (Reuters) – Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc will not be dispensing abortion pills in several US states where they are still legal, Politico reported Thursday, citing the pharmacy.

Last month, 20 Republican attorneys general told Walgreens and CVS Health Corp that they could run afoul of federal and state laws if they distributed the abortion drug mifepristone by mail.

Walgreens has assured them it will not distribute the pills in stores or by mail, Politico said.

The pharmacy doesn’t distribute the pills anywhere in the country, but is working to get certified to do so in some states, Politico reported, saying the company declined to say in which states.

“There is currently complexity surrounding this issue in Kansas and elsewhere,” Politico quoted Fraser Engerman, Walgreens senior director of external relations.

Walgreens did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Medical abortion, which accounts for more than half of abortions in the US, has received increasing attention since the Supreme Court in June overturned a landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that recognized abortion as a constitutional right nationwide. recognized.

Following the ruling, President Joe Biden directed federal agencies to expand access to abortion medications. (Reporting by Gokul Pisharody in Bengaluru; Editing by Christopher Cushing)






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