Walgreens Limits Feedback on Social Media Amid Abortion Drug Backlash

Walgreens has restricted the power to touch upon its social media posts as the corporate faces backlash for asserting that it’s going to not be promoting abortion tablets even in some states the place the remedy stays authorized.

On Thursday, Walgreens confirmed to Politico that it’s taking plentiful warning in a number of states the place GOP lawmakers have threatened authorized motion if the corporate begins distributing abortion tablets. Which means the remedy won’t be distributed by the nation’s second-largest pharmacy in states together with Alaska, Iowa, Kansas and Montana.

Filmmaker Michael Moore attends A thirtieth Anniversary Screening of “Roger & Me” throughout 2019 Vancouver Worldwide Movie Competition at Vancouver Playhouse on October 05, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. Walgreens has restricted the power to touch upon its social media posts as the corporate faces backlash for asserting that it’s going to not be distributing abortion tablets in some GOP-led states.
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The choice sparked calls on-line to boycott the pharmacy, together with by filmmaker Michael Moore, who wrote on his Substack account Sunday that the “determination by Walgreens to additional cement ladies’s standing as second-class residents should be met forcefully by each one in every of us.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom additionally tweeted Monday afternoon that his state “will not be doing enterprise with @walgreens – or any firm that cowers to the extremists and places ladies’s lives in danger.”

Whereas it is unclear if the pushback is expounded, Walgreens has turned off the power to touch upon its social media posts as of Monday night. Twitter users can remark if the corporate tags their accounts first. Walgreens’ Fb web page now has a discover beneath its posts that the account “restricted who can remark.” And on Instagram, the remark part has been utterly hidden.

Newsweek has reached out to Walgreens’ press workforce for remark.

In January, the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) introduced that drugstores may provide mifepristone—the primary of two medication utilized in an medicated abortion—in the US, a regulatory change that might considerably enhance abortion entry amongst elevated state restrictions because the overturn of Roe v. Wade in June.

A number of main pharmacies, together with Walgreens and CVS, have stated that they plan to supply the drug in states the place abortion stays authorized. As spokesman for Walgreens Fraser Engerman informed The New York Occasions final week, nevertheless, the legality of abortion tablets stays fluid in a number of GOP-led states, together with states like Alaska, Iowa, Kansas and Montana the place abortion continues to be protected by state regulation.

“It is a very advanced and in flux space of the regulation, and we’re taking that into consideration as we search certification,” Engerman stated.

On Monday, Walgreens launched an announcement providing clarification on its plans: “We need to be very clear about what our place has all the time been: Walgreens plans to dispense Mifepristone in any jurisdiction the place it’s legally permissible to take action,” the corporate stated.

“As soon as we’re licensed by the FDA, we’ll dispense this remedy per federal and state legal guidelines. Offering legally accredited medicines to sufferers is what pharmacies do, and is rooted in our dedication to the communities by which we function.”