CA: Newsom says state is “done” with Walgreens over abortion pill

Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

“California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state will stop doing business with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. after the drugstore chain moved to halt sales of abortion pills in 20 Republican-led states. The Democratic governor directed the California Department of Health and Human Services to review all relationships Walgreens has with the state, including MediCal and Covered California, the state’s two largest public insurance plans, according to Newsom’s spokesperson. The amount of business California’s state-funded insurance plans does with Walgreens isn’t available, he said. Last week, Walgreens said it won’t sell the abortion pill mifepristone in 20 states following warnings by Republican attorneys general of legal action against the company …. Newsom is attempting to put pressure on companies to ignore threats from Republicans in the battle over abortion access in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.” (03/06/23)