Pro-life advocates in Soldotna plan to join a nationally-coordinated effort to protest pharmacies that have agreed to dispense chemical abortion pills.

The Biden administration recently gave approval for pharmacies across the nation to distribute the deadly drug, mifepristone, which effectively starves an unborn baby. Previously the drug could only offered by medical offices, clinics and hospitals, or by a licensed physician who could directly supervise its effects on a pregnant woman’s health.

Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid have all agreed to provide the abortion pill in their stores.

Walgreens has 11 Alaska locations in Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, Fairbanks, Soldotna. CVS has storefronts in Anchorage and Wasilla.

Longtime pro-life advocate Toby Burke, of Kenai, is organizing a protest for next month outside the Walgreens located near the “Y” in Soldotna.

“The Soldotna Walgreens is going to be picketed on Feb 4th unless the manager affirms they will not stock or sell the abortion pill,” Burke told the Watchman. “He has not been responding to any of my inquiries.”

With the roll out of abortion pills, Burke and others are concerned that pharmacies will begin rivaling Planned Parenthood in terms of the sheer number of abortions they facilitate.

“I contacted Walgreens out of courtesy and a sense of propriety and told them, ‘We don’t want to picket you on the off chance that this store chooses not to stock the abortion pill, but they have avoided me like the plague. I’ve called them four times to talk.”

Similar protest will occur the same day outside pharmacies across the nation.

“Soon, pharmacies across the country will effectively become abortion facilities,” said Eric Scheidler, director of the national Pro-Life Action League, in a recent email to pro-lifers across the nation. “That’s why on Saturday, February 4th — together with our friends at the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU) — we’re calling for a day of protest at CVS and Walgreens stores all over the United States.”

Those interested in organizing local protests in other Alaska locations, can contact PAAU, which will provide organizers with free literature, a banner and a free megaphone. 40 Days for Life is helping to organize similar protests throughout the U.S.

“The Biden White House, Planned Parenthood, and the whole abortion industry are desperate to expand and normalize medication abortion,” Scheidler explained. “That’s what the FDA rule change is all about: to make abortion as easy and thoughtless as popping a pill.”

Nationally, chemical abortions now comprise about 43% of all U.S. abortions. Alaska reported 442 chemical abortions using mifepristone in 2021, according to the Department of Health, and this is likely to increase under the new the Biden Administration rules.

In addition to protests, the national legal group, Alliance Defending Freedom is representing about 30,000 health-care professionals, in a lawsuit against the FDA for its approval of chemical abortion drugs and subsequent elimination of important safeguards around them.

“For the safety of all pregnant women, ADF is asking the FDA to remove the dangerous drugs from the market,” the ADF website states. “Health-care professionals are supposed to protect patients to the best of their ability. The FDA betrayed this promise when it approved chemical abortion drugs and ignored the risks, and now it must be held accountable.”


— Join the protest outside the Soldotna Walgreens on Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. For more information, contact organizer Toby Burke at (907) 335-1558.

— Click here or here to find or organize a protest near you.

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Alaska pro-lifers to join national protests outside pharmacies that peddle abortion pills

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    It wasn’t bad enough when women MURDERED babies with a doctor’s help now they don’t need the doctors help they just MURDER all by themselves. I’m sure glad I don’t have to live with MURDER on my conscience the rest of my life! MURDER is MURDER and there is no other way to look at it. And to think now instead of fast and it’s over with YOUR starving the baby to death. That’s even worst as if anything can be worst than MURDER. I hope you all live with this on your mind forever in regreat.

  • Transwitch says:

    Y’all are so obsessed over controlling women’s bodies you’ll go to a retail store and harass workers who don’t get paid enough for your BS? Y’all need to touch grass.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Really? Can you show me some instances where people have gone into retail stores and harassed workers over this issue? Until you can show the evidence, y’all should just quit harassing Conservatives and Christians.

  • Tamra Nygaard says:

    Which pharmacist is going to monitor the poor women taking these horrid pills to make sure the women don’t die from excess bleeding and other complications? These drugs are dangerous for women and deadly for babies.

  • Charlie Bussell says:

    I will never darken the doors of another Walgreens again…not that I have been a steady customer but they are handy to where I live and often shop…I will now regard them as Merchants of death..!!!

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Dunleavy wants us to believe he is pro life and says nothing about pharmaceutical murder, abortifacients, and sorry you can’t have ivermectin!

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Dunleavy is silent again! His rhetoric of being “the pro life state governor never is supported by the obvious need for actions!!!!? Why? Maybe he’s lying!!!!

    • Matthew myers says:

      Yep! Always an excellent strategy to eat your own. Always an excellent strategy to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Tell me, what can he do within the boundaries of state law without the legislature?

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    To question my quote strategy is strangely curious? My answer is to shed light on cheap words and no actions! Matthew, your own post indicated that your son has been harmed by this same governor who refuses to take responsibility for his appointment of Ann Zinc! What is your strategy, to naively believe a liar? Where are his actions proving he’s pro life?