Walgreens won’t peddle the abortion pill, mifepristone, at any of its Alaska stores. The decision comes after the company received a letter signed by Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor and 19 other attorneys general warning selling the pill via the mail violates federal law.
While the FDA and Biden’s Justice Department claim to have eliminated the requirement that abortion pills only be dispensed in-person to women taking them, the 150-year-old Comstock Act clearly says the opposite.
When the FDA updated its website with new guidelines that permit retail pharmacies to carry mifepristone, Walgreens and CVS both said they would seek permission to dispense the abortion drug nationwide.
The letter from 20 Republican attorneys general, however, has had an impact.
The company has now stated that it will not sell the abortion pill in any of the 20 states which signed onto the letter, including Alaska. Walgreens does, however, plan to sell the deadly drug in states that don’t object.
In a Feb. 23 letter to Alaska Attorney General Taylor, Walgreen Executive Vice President Danielle Gray said the company is not yet dispensing mifepristone at any of its locations.
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“At this time, we are working through the certification process, which includes the evaluation of our pharmacy network to determine where we will dispense Mifepristone…,” the letter states. “Walgreens does not intend to dispense Mifepristone within your state and does not intend to ship Mifepristone into your state from any of our pharmacies. If this approach changes, we will be sure to notify you.”
Walgreens has 11 Alaska locations in Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, Fairbanks, Soldotna. Several of these stores have been picketed by pro-life advocates over the past month.
Pro-abortion activists see widespread distribution of chemical abortion as a way to circumvent pro-life laws in states following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. While abortion remains legal in Alaska through all nine months of pregnancy, Planned Parenthood had hoped that expanded dissemination of chemical abortions could make the practice more widespread throughout the state.