Pro-life advocates in Anchorage and Soldotna are set to join nationally-coordinated efforts 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.
On Feb. 4, protests will take place outside Walgreens locations in Anchorage and Soldotna.
The Anchorage rally runs from noon to 2 p.m. outside the Walgreens on Lake Otis and Tudor. Some signs will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. Organizers are providing pro-life handouts and hot cocoa for those who take part. Additional resources are available here.
In Soldotna, longtime pro-life advocate Toby Burke, of Kenai, is organizing a protest outside the Walgreens located near the “Y” in Soldotna. This gathering kicks off at 1 p.m.
“We will be encouraging would-be patrons to boycott Walgreens and let their management know how dismayed we are with their profiting from the death of innocents and their quest to become the Kenai Peninsula’s largest abortionist,” Burke explained in a notice sent out to pro-life advocates. “The abortion pill is bloody, brutal, and barbaric (watch “Unplanned” movie). This latest protest is an opportunity to stand for life and let Walgreens know that we as a community will not support baby-killing businesses.”
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Attendees are encouraged to bring signs.
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.”
Nationally, chemical abortions now comprise roughly half 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.
— Join the Anchorage protest outside the Lake Otis and Tudor Walgreens at 2 p.m. on Feb. 4. For more information, email organizers at email@example.com.
— 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.