March 10, 2023

Newsom Ends State Contract with Walgreens Over Abortion Pill Controversy

California is not renewing its $54 million contract with Walgreens, claiming it is due to the company's decision not to dispense abortion pills in some GOP-led states.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced the decision on Wednesday following the controversy.

"We're serious about not investing in companies that cave to the extremist agenda of the @GOP," Newsom said on Twitter.

The attorneys general involved in the dispute represented Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.

Walgreens told Fox News Digital that Newsom's reasoning was based on inaccurate information.

"We are deeply disappointed by the decision by the state of California not to renew our longstanding contract due to false and misleading information," a spokesperson told Fox News Digital.

"Walgreens is facing the same circumstances as all retail pharmacies, and no other retail pharmacies have said that they would approach this situation differently, so it's unclear where this contract would now be moved," the statement added.

Newsom's announcement adds to his reputation of both advocating for abortion in his state and pushing a pro-abortion agenda nationwide. Last year, the governor even purchased billboard advertising in GOP-led states to advocate for abortion tourism in California.

The governor has already set up California as an abortion sanctuary state following the overturn of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court last year.

Now Newsom is pushing his view into the state's business contracts, leading to controversy with one of the nation's largest pharmacy retailers.

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