Last week, Walgreens announced it would no longer dispense abortion medications in 21 states where Republican Attorneys general have threatened legal action. In four of these states, abortion remains legal. In response, California Governor Gavin Newsom is withdrawing renewal of a $54 million state contact with Walgreens. Money talks, and his example should be followed by all state governments that affirm and want to ensure the availability of reproductive rights.
Since the June ruling (Dobbs) by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, 17 GOP controlled states have made all forms of abortion illegal, with more legislation pending. Last week three Texas women were sued for millions of dollars for allegedly helping a friend obtain a medication abortion.
We need to hold Governor Hochul to her promise to fight to strengthen reproductive freedoms in New York.
As a New York resident, I applaud your $35 million Abortion Provider Support Fund and I know you and Attorney General James have called on major pharmacy chains to commit to making FDA-approved medication abortion available in our state. Walgreens has now refused to provide such medication to residents in 21 states, including 4 where abortion remains legal. I am counting on you, as a member of the Multi-Sate Reproductive Freedom Alliance, to follow Governor Gavin Newsom’s lead in refusing to renew a $54 million contract with Walgreens by eliminating any financial relationship between this state and Walgreens. Only real and immediate action against this threat will confirm your promise to New Yorkers to strengthen reproductive freedoms, a fundamental right of Americans.