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Bombshell: Gov. Gavin Newsom Gets Grilled After Declaring That California Is Cutting ties With Walgreens over Abortion Pills Restriction

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Disclaimer:  This article may contain the personal views and opinions of the author.

According to CNN reporting, the state of California will no longer do business with the retail drugstore chain Walgreens. 

This announcement came days after the pharmacy issued a statement that it would “not dispense abortion medication in 21 Republican-dominated states.”

Republican attorneys general in 21 states allegedly used legal pressure to get Walgreens to agree to “partially halt” the sale of the abortion medication. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom took a bold stand and cut ties with the pharmacy giant. 

He tweeted, “California won’t be doing business with @walgreens — or any company that cowers to the extremists and puts women’s lives at risk. We’re done.”

Many political opponents chastised the governor for his apparent political move. 

“I can’t wait to see how seniors react to their governor trying to shut down their local pharmacy over a political fight,” Republican communicator Matt Whitlock wrote.

NewsNation reporter Zaid Jilani tweeted, “About a year ago Newsom tweeted objecting to Florida rolling back a subsidy to Disney was an attack on free speech but he is cutting off state business with Walgreens over a disagreement on abortion.”

A columnist with Townhall.com reminded the governor what happened to the city of San Francisco when it put a ban on doing business with companies whose headquarters are in states with what they consider “discriminatory practices.” 

“You should check in with San Francisco and see what a disaster their similar bans on states they disapproved of ended up being for them economically while accomplishing none of the stated intents.” 

Ironically, just this week, San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman introduced legislation to repeal the ban. 

National Review contributor Pradheep Shankar pointed to the people who were outraged about Florida Governor DeSantis’ fight with Disney, “If you were complaining about RDS and Disney, and not now complaining about this, you are an utter hypocrite. Where are all of you in calling out this?”

“Pretty sure Walgreens is done with you guys, too,” journalist Ian Miles Cheong said, likely in reference to the retailer closing stores in high crime areas. 

“That @GavinNewsom — he won’t stop until he runs every business out of CA,” actor Nick Searcy tweeted.

The liberal governor had support for the move from his side, however. Kimberley Johnson, a podcaster and author, tweeted, “All blue state governors should follow California’s lead on this.”

Gerber Kawasaki CEO Ross Gerber declared, “Proud to live in a state that cares and protects women’s rights! @Walgreens you are dead to me. $WBA.”

It’s not clear how not giving women access to a drug that ends the life of a baby harms women, but attorney David Lurie argued, “Harming women should not be good for business in the United States.”

Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., recognizes that pro-life groups are gaining ground in the fight to end abortion and she fully supports Newsom’s ban. 

She wrote, “Far-right special interests are making progress in their plot to ban abortion nationwide, with @walgreens recently announcing it won’t distribute abortion pills in some states where abortion remains legal. @GavinNewsom is right to hold extremists and their enablers accountable.”

Why is it considered extreme to want to preserve the life of an unborn baby? It’s a question that deserves an honest answer.

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