20 GOP attorneys general tell CVS, Walgreens plans to dispense abortion pills ‘both unsafe and illegal’

20 GOP attorneys general tell CVS, Walgreens plans to dispense abortion pills ‘both unsafe and illegal’

Twenty Republican attorneys general sent a letter to US drugstore chains Walgreens and CVS on Wednesday, telling both companies that their plans to distribute abortion pills through the mail were “both unsafe and illegal.”

In the letter, the coalition wrote that federal law prohibits anyone from using the mail to send or receive drugs “used or applied to perform abortions,” citing the Comstock Act of 1873.

Last month, the Justice Department released a legal opinion finding that shipping abortion drugs mifepristone and misoprostol does not violate the Comstock Act, and said the U.S. Postal Service has legal authority to ship prescription abortion drugs even to states that restrict access restricted to abortion.

“But the text, not the Biden administration’s view, is what governs. And the opinion of the Biden administration does not stand up to even the slightest scrutiny,” the attorney general said in the letter.

“We reject the Biden administration’s bizarre interpretation, and we expect
Courts will too,” they added.

The coalition also wrote that using the mail to send or receive abortion drugs was unlawful in several states, including Missouri.

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The letter was authored and signed by 20 Republican attorneys general, led by Andrew Bailey of Missouri, including Ken Paxton of Texas, Steve Marshall of Alabama, Dave Yost of Ohio, Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia and Daniel Cameron of Kentucky.

“We emphasize that it is our responsibility as attorneys general to obey the law and protect the health, safety and welfare of women and unborn children in our states,” the coalition wrote. “Part of that responsibility is making sure businesses like yours are fully informed of the law so that our citizens are not harmed.”

The letter comes as both Walgreens and CVS plan to seek the certification needed to issue abortion bills in states where it’s legal. The companies’ plans follow the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement last month of a policy that would allow retail pharmacies to dispense mifepristone from a certified prescriber if they meet certain criteria.


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