(FixThisNation.com) – On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California’s contract with Walgreens would not be renewed after the company announced that they would not be dispensing abortion medication even in states where it was legal.
The California Department of General Services in a formal notice stated that they were “withdrawing a planned renewal of that agreement set to take effect on May 1, 2023” and that they were planning on examining other options for the same services. The contract with Walgreens was for $54 million.
Newsom stated that California was not going to be a bystander as corporations “cave(d) to extremists” and cut off healthcare access that provided “reproductive care and freedom.” He continued by stating that California was on a path to becoming “the fourth largest economy in the world” and that this was market power that they would be taking advantage of in order to “defend the right to choose.”
In response to this announcement Walgreen spokesman Fraser Engerman stated that the company was “deeply disappointed” to see that California would not be renewing the contract because of what he claimed is “false and misleading information.” He continued by saying that Walgreens is currently facing the exact same circumstances being faced by all other retail pharmacies. He added that there are no retail pharmacies that have claimed they would be following a different approach to the one that Walgreens was following. He added that medication would be dispensed in accordance with “federal and state laws.” He continued by stating that “providing legally approved medications to patients is what pharmacies do.”
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