By The Tablet Staff
PROSPECT HEIGHTS — California Governor Gavin Newsom said on March 8 that the state will revoke its $54 million contract with Walgreens after the pharmacy giant stated it would not sell an abortion pill by mail in states that have outlawed its use.
“California will not stand by as corporations cave to extremists and cut off critical access to reproductive care and freedom,” Newsom said in a statement. “California is on track to be the fourth largest economy in the world and we will leverage our market power to defend the right to choose.”
The governor’s office went on to say the state will buy the drugs it issues to Californians elsewhere. Walgreen’s spokespeople did not immediately respond to Newsom’s directive.
Prior to the announcement, Walgreens said it plans to dispense the drug mifepristone “in any jurisdiction where it is legally permissible to do so.
Mifepristone is used in combination with another drug to end a pregnancy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it in 2000 for use up to the 10th week of pregnancy.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, mifepristone is used in more than half of all abortions in the U.S.
After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year, more than a dozen states restricted the use of chemical-induced abortion.
While Newsom said California will use its economic strength to change corporations’ conservative leanings, the $54 million hit to Walgreens may have little effect, as the company reported revenue of $132.7 billion in sales last fiscal year.