Walgreens, one of the nation's largest pharmacy chains, announced that it will not dispense abortion pills in at least 10 states where abortion remains legal. The decision came in response to a letter from 20 state attorneys general who oppose abortion rights, encouraging Walgreens not to make the drugs available in their states. Walgreens' decision is part of a pattern of support for anti-abortion officials, including significant donations to officials seeking to ban or dramatically restrict abortion.
Do any among us think that Walgreens will act alone? It is only a matter of time before CVS, WalMart and all of the other big chains follow suit. Why? Because none of them want to incur the wrath of the Republican right wing. And why can they do this? Where are people going to go? The big chains have all but wiped out the independent pharmacy. If they all act together, there is no point in shifting your business from Walgreens to one of the others. And they know it. What will be the end result? Do any of us think that some bullshit interpretation of the Comstock Act is going to stop activist groups and others from mailing pills across state lines? And do any of us think that the Mexican cartels aren't already ramping up their networks to fill the demand in states that have banned abortion? As we all say, the zealots will never end abortion, they will only end safe access to abortion.
Walgreen's annual shareholder's meeting is March 16-19. Probably in the Chicago area. Excellent timing for a demonstration to complement a boycott, so I hope something is in the works.
Rule #1 in Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny: Do not obey in advance. That’s what Walgreen’s is doing. We cannot expect for profit corporations to help us keep our freedoms.
Boycott Walgreens and any other company that prohibits women from making their own decisions about when to carry a child.
Random thoughts: If you don't want an abortion, don't get one. Do unto others... Keep em' barefoot AND pregnant?! RAGA=MAGA! Why can't these people just mind their own *(&*^%&*() business????
What fool is it claiming that in California, you can wait until late term and "then chop em’ up?"
How do folks get to be so dirt damn dumb? That claim is crayon chewingly stupid and I wonder about the intellect of the poster.
Wait! This just in! The poster is the execrable FL Wonder FL. No need to wonder now about the state of their supposed "intellect." You can see for yourself what state it's in.
Dump Walgreens. Where are the progressive pro choice organizations? Where are the pro choice women? Where are the pro choice men ? Where are the clever entrepreneurs who can always find “work around” ? Where is the progressive outrage ? We way beyond our sell by dates are baffled. Large demonstrations. Public assembly in front of Walgreen’s headquarters and stores.
Where is the "complexity," Walgreens? You're trying to avoid a potential lawsuit.
I'm not sure if Walgreens is doing this merely out of cowardice or because it is also inclined to acquiesce to a prospective restriction on abortion-inducing drugs because it materially supports RAGA, but either way, it sets a bad precedent.
Bravo, Judd. Call them out. I switched to an independent pharmacy several months ago. Walgreens and CVS are both entirely too powerful
Walgreen's isn't satisfied with taking away women's rights regarding their bodies, they now have taken away their voice by blocking comments on the Facebook page. You can still message them, however. I sent them this post, for example.
So how does this square with the insurance companies Walgreens has contracted with (in TX it’s BCBS, I don’t know about other states)? The ACA? I feel like maybe something isn’t kosher in the Venn diagram where all this meets. But I don’t know enough about the intricacy of the contracts or Obamacare to state that confidently. What I do know is state governments are playing extremely cruel games in the name of religion and somehow I don’t think that is at all what Jesus would’ve wanted. And it’s certainly not what a majority, 68% at last poll, of the country wants.
No skin off Walgreens or the other corporate US pharmaceutical sellers who depend on the GOP to keep prescription drug prices the highest in the world. One hand washes the other - and these companies will always place profits over Americans' health.
Thank you for continuing to report actions taken by businesses against of the public’s health and welfare--and majority opinion!
Can you please supply the states in which Walgreens will not distribute the pills?
This decision will directly harm type two diabetics with Cushing's syndrome. How very pro life of them.