Gov. JB Pritzker among 14 governors call on Walgreens to preserve abortion pill access

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Pritzker, other governors ask Walgreens to uphold abortion pill access
Gov. JB Pritzker is among 14 governors calling on Walgreens to preserve access to abortion pills like Mifepristone.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is one of 14 democratic governors asking pharmacies to preserve access to abortion pills.

This came after Walgreens announced it would not distribute the medication in states where attorneys general threatened legal action.

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"I've spoken with Walgreens executives and expressed my deep disappointment at their announced policy, and I've urged them to rethink this decision that will severely limit access to essential healthcare for thousands of women," Pritzker said. "I'm calling on all major pharmacies to resist the political grandstanding of certain state attorneys general and preserve this right wherever reproductive choice is still allowed - which will always be the case in Illinois while I am governor."

Governors from California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin joined Pritzker in sending the letter to executives at CVS, Walmart, Rite-Aid, Safeway, Health Mart, Kroger, Costco and Target.