Walgreens will not provide abortion pills in some Republican states

March 2 (Reuters) – Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) said on Thursday it will not provide abortion pills in the states of 20 Republican attorneys general who have told the pharmacy chain it risks breaking the law if it meets the law states provided by mail.

The decision comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed pharmacies to distribute mifepristone pills, including by mail, provided they are certified under special drug safety rules.

A spokesperson for Walgreens said the pharmacy’s decision was in response to a letter from the attorneys general. They said Walgreens planned to become a certified pharmacy and would only dispense in jurisdictions where it was legal to do so.

CVS Health Corp (CVS.N), which also received the letter, did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

News website Politico first reported Walgreens’ position on Thursday.

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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.

Mifepristone, used in combination with another drug, misoprostol, is approved for abortion within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

Reporting by Gokul Pisharody and Anirudh Saligrama in Bengaluru; Edited by Christopher Cushing

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