Walgreens’ decision applies to 21 states whose attorneys general threatened Walgreens and other pharmacies with legal action if they dispensed the medication in those states
SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement regarding Walgreens’ decision not to offer the medication abortion pill mifepristone—which the Food and Drug Administration approved more than 20 years ago as safe and effective—in 21 states whose attorneys general threatened Walgreens and other pharmacies with legal action if they dispensed the medication in those states:
“It is unacceptable that Republican state officials are bullying private businesses into denying critical health care services to their customers. I’m disappointed that Walgreens has capitulated to these thuggish intimidation tactics, which the Justice Department has made clear have no basis in federal law. I plan to speak to Walgreens’ CEO directly to demand an explanation.
“This is only one of the damaging consequences of the Supreme Court conservative majority’s radical decision to strip away a constitutional right from the American people for the first time in history.”