Newsom clashes with Walgreens over abortion drugs

March 8, 2023

Gov. Gavin Newsom


Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized Walgreens’ decision not to dispense the abortion pill in states where Republican officials have threatened legal action, before he took a swing at the pharmacy.

Newsom is now pulling back the state’s renewal of a multi-million dollar contract with Walgreens because of the company’s decision not to dispense the abortion medication Mifepristone in 21 states. On Monday, Newsom ordered a review of all contracts between California and Walgreens.

The state has paid Walgreens approximately $54 million to provide medications to inmates in California’s correctional system. The contract between the state and Walgreens was slated to renew on May 1.

On Wednesday, at Newsom’s directive, the state gave formal notice that it is withdrawing the planned contract renewal, and instead will explore other options for furnishing the same services.

“California will not stand by as corporations cave to extremists and cut off critical access to reproductive care and freedom,” Newsom said. “California is on track to be the fourth largest economy in the world and we will leverage our market power to defend the right to choose.”

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At least our activist Gov is not celebrating the return of child labor to the state like Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Or West Virginia’s governor signing a bill allowing more guns on college campuses.

Or banning books in Fla.

In other news:

Bill To Ban Child Marriage In West Virginia Defeated By Republicans.

Wyoming Limiting Child Marriage Sparks Republican Outrage.

Idaho lawmakers kill bill ending child marriage.

Also Lauren Boebert (who was a teen mother)rails against sex-ed then announces her out of wedlock teen son is having a baby. On top of it all, while speaking at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Boebert (R-CO) stated that public school students should be banned from learning sex-ed.

Teenagers can still wed in Texas. New bill would ban marriages for kids under 18. Two years after a bill banning child marriage died at the Texas Capitol, a Houston legislator is trying again.”In an age when we’re concerned about family values and protecting children, we should protect them from being married off as children,” Rosenthal said in a statement.

Marriages of youth under 18 happen in Texas more than one might imagine. Between 2000 and 2018, more than 41,000 such unions took place. Of those, 96 percent were girls wed to adult men. 

Family values indeed.

Not sure where or IF you look at multiple sources ever, but your first three are in no way true. I stopped reading after that. Please try to look up multiple contrasting sources before posting…or else I guess we watch everyone keep downvoting you for lack of effort.

The Arkansas law change only dropped the government’s requirement to sign off, so the parents signature is all they need to work. No protections were “rolled back”; just the signing requirement is on the parent, not the gov’t entity. All the worker protections for minors are in place.

-The carry-on-campus bill was voted in 84-13 by W. Virginia delegates, not changing any WV requirements adults go through to obtain one.

-in Florida, HB 1467 regarding books in public schools and libraries is a requirement to publish what books are available for which grade level so parents can see what their kids have access to. That includes a 20-day period for parents to vet the books and a regular open school board meeting if parents have any problems with the selections.

Not trolling; in fact, I never stated my opinion of the policies. I just suggested you look deeper than CNN sometimes. You might need to get some of the info beyond a headline sometimes.

your first three are in no way true.” True, but move those goalposts if it makes you happy.

“or IF you look”

“I stopped””Please try”

” before posting…”

“keep downvoting you for lack of effort.

I just suggested you”

“You might need”

You are not a media expert, just another anonymous toon on the internet just like the rest of us.

It’s the condescending a$$holism that is the trolling.

There’s a bit of nuance missing in this article. Mifepristone is also commonly used for miscarriages and also pregnancies that take root in the fallopian tubes (ectopic). The last one is very dangerous to your wife, girlfriend or daughter. Mifepristone is legal for these purposes (as well as very early pregnancies) in some of the states that Walgreens has pulled out of. Walgreens is essentially condemning people to die (by short-circuiting client/doctor relationship) because they’ve caved to theocratic Republican governors who have threatened legal consequences if they fill a prescription.

If you want to down-vote this, feel free, but have a spine and tell me why. If its religion, I totally respect your right to practice your religion as it relates to you and your body.

DEERFIELD, Ill., March 06, 2023 – We want to be very clear about what our position has always been: Walgreens plans to dispense Mifepristone in any jurisdiction where it is legally permissible to do so. Once we are certified by the FDA, we will dispense this medication consistent with federal and state laws. Providing legally approved medications to patients is what pharmacies do, and is rooted in our commitment to the communities in which we operate.”

You forgot this quote from a Walgreen’s spokesperson, “I can confirm we have responded to the state attorneys general letter to Walgreens dated February 1 by indicating we will not dispense mifepristone in their respective states,” a Walgreens spokesperson told Healthline.

So they are saying that they won’t be selling it in any of the 20 states where AG’s signed the letter, irrespective of what it might be used for.

To be sure, this is a terrible way to do policy. Totally foreseeable that allowing the States to implement a smorgasbord of rules would lead to bad medical outcomes…especially when laws are written based on dogma instead of medicine & science.

I’m saying all these AG’s & governors, Newsom included, are representing us poorly. Newsom is impotent to attack those 20 other States….so culture wars!

You are absolutely right. I didn’t downvote your post. I think the main point is Newsom is telling Wallgreens they have to go against the laws of the other 20 states where it is illegal if they want to do business in California- which is asinine. Telling a business they cannot operate their 800 stores in California if they do not follow laws in 20 other states is not how an elected governor can, or should, operate their state.

Newsom and his buddies must own shares in the competition of Walgreens . Walgreens has over 800 locations in California ….Maybe Newsom is trying to sweat out some free shares from Walgreens … On a side note , I busted up laughing this morning after hearing on the news Newsom has Covid again .. .After all his TV News /public jabbings of Covid Saline Solution ….Maybe Newsom received his jabbings from Walgreens

The oiliest of politicians right there. Newsom is using this. After FDA approval, Walgreens has repeatedly stated that they will dispense the product in states that allow it to be distributed. California will when that occurs. Whatever your stance in on the policy, Walgreens is just following the law, and he turned it into a bumper sticker slogan again to make the front page.

Newsom really is the DeSantis of the west coast

So SICK of his “my way or the highway” bs! What are you going to do? Ban every single company that doesn’t share your personal opinions?!? What a nut case.

Like DeSantis’ new Disney World board?

 DeSantis moved quickly to penalize the company, directing lawmakers in the GOP-dominated Legislature to dissolve Disney’s self-governing district.

 The first meeting of the new board of Walt Disney World’s government — overhauled by sweeping legislation signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis as punishment for Disney publicly challenging Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill — the five board members appointed by DeSantis hinted Wednesday at future controversial actions they may take, including prohibiting COVID-19 restrictions at Disney World and recommending the elimination of two cities that were created after the Florida Legislature in 1967 approved the theme park resort’s self-governance.

Really. You’re talking about…. 8 months late in the documentation of these policies. Find better sources.

Emulating his rivals. He has a national race to compete in!

I disagree. There’s no rivalry. He’s emulating those that are far better than he is.