California Gov. Gavin Newsom reportedly slammed Walgreens on Monday for its decision to cease distributing abortion medication in 20 states, declaring that the state will no longer do business with the firm.
Walgreens stated this week that it will no longer sell abortion pills by mail in 20 states after attorneys general in those jurisdictions informed the firm and CVS that distributing the drug might result in legal ramifications.
“California won’t be doing business with @walgreens — or any company that cowers to the extremists and puts women’s lives at risk. We’re done,” Newsom wrote in a tweet.
The states include Iowa, Alaska, Arkansas, Alabama, South Dakota, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas; several of the states have stringent restrictions on abortion.
The White House slammed Walgreens’ action, which was originally reported by Politico, on Friday, calling it destructive and unacceptable for Republicans to attack pharmacists for selling the medication.
In January, the Food and Drug Administration extended abortion pill access by allowing U.S. retail pharmacies to give them directly to patients with a prescription rather than requiring the pill to be delivered in person by doctors or clinics.
Newsom has been widely touted as a potential 2024 Democratic presidential nominee if President Biden decides ultimately not to run for re-election.