California Cancels $54M Deal with Walgreens Due to Abortion Pill Ban

Governor Gavin Newsom said California would allow a $54 million contract with Walgreens to expire following the company’s decision not to supply abortion pills in certain jurisdictions where the pharmaceuticals remain legal. The decision was made after Walgreens yielded to pressure from 20 Republican state attorneys general who was concerned that Walgreens’ plan to mail mifepristone pills could violate state and federal law. “This is an attempt to ask, ‘Which side are you on?’ ‘Which side do you support?’” Newsom stated to Politico. Monday, he tweeted, “California will not do business with Walgreens or any other corporation that cowers to radicals and endangers women’s lives.” We’re done.” The renewal of the contract was scheduled for May 1.