Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that California will not renew its multibillion-dollar contract with Walgreens after the company said it would not provide medical abortions in several states where abortion is legal.
The California Department of General Services issued a formal notice «withdrawing a planned renewal of that agreement effective May 1, 2023» and «will explore other options for providing the same services,» according to a statement from Newsom’s office. .
“Under this contract, Walgreens has received approximately $54 million from the State,” the statement said.
“California will not stand idly by as corporations cave to extremists and cut off critical access to care and reproductive freedom,” Newsom said. «California is on its way to becoming the fourth largest economy in the world and we will harness our market power to defend the right to choose.»
Walgreens did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Walgreens announced its decision on abortion pills last week after facing mounting pressure from a group of Republican attorneys general, in states where abortion is legal and illegal, who told the company in a letter that he could face legal consequences if he sold drugs such as mifepristone, a common abortion pill, in his states.
On Monday, Newsom said the state would not do business with Walgreens as a result of that decision.
“California will not do business with @walgreens — or any company that cowers before extremists and endangers women’s lives. We are done,” she said. tweeted At the time.
A spokesman for the governor, Brandon Richards, said in a statement to NBC News on Monday that «California is reviewing all relationships between Walgreens and the state.»
“We will not seek business with companies that give in to right-wing bullies who push their extremist agenda or companies that put politics before the health of women and girls,” Richards added.
Fraser Engerman, a spokesman for Walgreens, told NBC News last week that the company “was not dispensing mifepristone at this time. We intend to become a certified pharmacy under the program, however we will only dispense in those jurisdictions where it is legal to do so if we are certified.»
«This is a very complex and changing area of law and we are taking it into account as we seek certification to dispense mifepristone,» he added.