On February 4th, 2023, many of us protested Walgreens in Fairbanks. People wondered why would we protest a local pharmacy?

Pro-life advocates protest on Feb. 4 outside the Walgreens store in Fairbanks.

We did so because Walgreens and CVS have agreed to sell the dangerous chemical abortion drug – mifepristone – to our Alaskan mothers.

Why is it dangerous? Well, besides the fact that it kills the infant, it can also be deadly to the mother, especially if she doesn’t receive emergency medical care in the event that she begins to hemorrhage after taking the second pill. But let me back up for a moment.

In a pregnancy, a miracle is happening like none other. A growing baby in the womb of his or her mother is a relationship of love and care.

The baby’s DNA will be in her mother for the rest of the mother’s life, no matter how long she’s pregnant. 

The unborn child’s life has the ability to sometimes heal the mother of health issues. He sends strong signals to the mother for nourishment and life essentials. The mother without realizing it, is completely prepared for this moment. Her body – from the top of her head, to the tip of her toes, – begins to care for her child. Her blood increases, her hormones explode, her body begins the miraculous building of an entirely new organ called the placenta. This new organ is one of the most incredible moments in life, as performs many functions for both mother and child. 

The baby feels the mother’s emotions, hears her voice, partakes of her food and lives within her. The mother builds a bubble around her child and seals her cervix as a strong lock-tight door to protect her baby from bacteria and harm. They work together to grow as a team. It’s a perfect relationship for both.

There’ s nothing stronger than the bond of a mother and her child. Even in death, the mother is always the mother, and the baby is always her child forevermore.

When a mother takes the abortion drug mifepristone, it tricks the mother’s body which is completely in tune with her child, to stop producing needed progesterone. This hormone is essential for feeding her child.

The baby begins to starve to death. The mother’s body still has a nest which has been built for the baby and she has a lot of blood to build that placenta. Remember, her entire body is taking care of her son or daughter, and that doesn’t just immediately go away with a couple of pills. It’s a completely unnatural devastating event which is being forced upon her and her healthy baby.

Once she takes that first pill, the clock begins ticking. She has about 24 to 48 hours to reverse the effects of this pill by calling The Abortion Reversal Hotline at 1-877-558-0333. Assistants can get her into the hospital and try to restart the progesterone production again before the baby dies.

If she doesn’t intervene to save her son or daughter, the baby will starve and die. The pill will kill her baby, and then she must take a second pill that causes the baby to come out along with all the effort and work her body did to nourish her infant. It’s basically forced, premature labor. People say it’s like a miscarriage, but it’s not. A natural miscarriage is when something went wrong and the mother’s body knows it and begins the process of shutting down the pregnancy. In this case, there was nothing wrong, but the body was unnaturally thrown into shock with no preparation. When the baby comes out, there can be a lot of blood and extreme cramping. Sometimes this can actually kill the mother if she does not get an emergency Dilation & Curettage – a procedure that removes the baby from her uterus.

Walgreens knows all of this, but chooses to take the risk of losing both the baby and his mother. In Alaska, many women live far away from a hospital in Alaska, Walgreens knows as well. 

The company is fully aware of all of these risks, but there’s big money in abortions, and in this case they are trading pulses for profit. 

That is why the residents of Fairbanks protested Walgreens on Feb 4, and will do so again and again until this company decides to put our Alaskan families first.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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Fairbanks pro-lifers will continue protesting Walgreens’ disregard for human life

Pamela Samash
Pamela Samash is a longtime Fairbanks area resident. She recently served on the Alaska Commission on Aging, and is past-president of Right To Life – Interior Alaska.


  • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

    Women have been terminating unwanted pregnancies for as long as there have been women. It’s not that difficult to do, they assist one another, and for most of human history it really hasn’t been that big of an issue. Then the Trump appointees to the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, all their pretensions about “precedent” and “settled law” notwithstanding. Suddenly women in red states found themselves losing a significant measure of their self-determination in ways that men have no frame of reference for. Even for women who would personally never consider getting an abortion, the overturning of Roe v. Wade made them nervous, and this was reflected in the midterm elections last year.

    For women of means, if they can’t get an abortion in the state in which they live, they will simply TRAVEL, and if they can’t get mifepristone pills in the local pharmacy, they’ll get them by mail. Cracking down on this will be next to impossible. The biggest effect the overturning of Roe v. Wade will have is on poorer women who can’t afford another mouth to feed, and we’ll simply expand the welfare rolls to accommodate all those kids.

    • Sharon Alice Turner says:

      Dear Chuck: #1) Men have at least equal if not more a ‘frame of reference. Who copulates with any woman, his legal spouse of any other female person who consents* to an assignation with said male person? Then the one who sowed his seeds and walks away, leaving a woman “with his child” and goes on to the next and so forth.. Thinks he has “clean hands” as it were! Wrong he is 100 % guilty, as is the woman. As Mother Teresa said it becomes a war between a man and a woman with the 100% innocent child in a losing position either way. Look at our world.. Where is Daddy? A woman without education, a career and trying to raise kids? And where’s Daddy.. trying to deny and ignore what he has created, and making sex into a sport of how many notches? Leaving HIS family abandoned, without love, leadership or money.. Then you say NO frame of reference? grandma

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    I cant wait for Walgreens and CVS to be in court with millions of dollars to pay out on First degree murder charges. Who will do their jail time for them? The person that handed out the drugs? The pharmacy head? just who? This is going to be interesting to hear it all play out because of GREED. Oh that’s one of them seven deadly sins the Bible talks about.

    • Sharon Alice Turner says:

      Exactly, Thanks to you. One thing absolutely ‘abhorrent’ to our loving GOD, creator of life “Hands that shed innocent blood.” This is not just the pregnant one, but those politicians with the power of voice and purse like Murkowski, Peltola, Pelosi and their ilk.. have bloody hands as the one wielding the scalpel , caustics or pills.. because they push that ‘it’s fined and dandy’ to murder your own child.

  • dorietrusty0 says:

    I truly agree with Pamela study on this and understanding on this I am so proud of her having the protest I am proud of the author Alaska watch and thank you so much for publishing this. I pray that we just many people to realize how dangerous the pill really is

  • Dorie Trusty says:

    I truly agree with Pamela study on this and understanding on this I am so proud of her having the protest I am proud of the author Alaska watch and thank you so much for publishing this. I pray that we just many people to realize how dangerous the pill really is

  • Ed Martin Jr says:

    God Bless all you Pro- Lifers !

  • jon says:

    The pro-life demonstrators. have as much right to protest as Walgreens does to sell abortion pills. That’s because we have a free country.

  • Sarah Zimmerman says:

    There are lots of natural ways to prevent and abort a pregnancy if you really needed to.