Massachusetts Women File Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart Over Plan B Drugs

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 1, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 1, 2006

Boston, MA ( — Three Massachusetts women, with the backing of leading pro-abortion organizations, have filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart because the nation’s top retailer does not carry the morning after pills, which can sometimes cause an abortion.

An attorney in the case did not have more details, including the names of the women who sued, but told the Boston Globe newspaper the lawsuit is based on long-standing pharmacy regulations in the state.

Responding to the lawsuit, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman, Sarah Clark, said the company doesn’t carry the morning after pill for "business reasons." She declined to discuss those reasons but also told the Globe that the company has a policy to refer customers who want a product Wal-Mart doesn’t carry to another retailer.

Clark also said that Wal-Mart stores in Massachusetts would stock the Plan B drugs if directed to do so by the Massachusetts Pharmacy Board or the state attorney general.

Currently, however, she told the Boston paper, "we know of no such requirement."

According to the lawsuit, the three women, with the help of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, NARAL’s state affiliate, and a group that provides abortion funds for women, claim in the lawsuit that Wal-Mart is violating the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act because it doesn’t carry the morning after pill.

The Globe reports that all of the major pharmacies in the state carry the Plan B pills but there is no legal requirement to do so.

The Massachusetts Pharmacy Board has not received any complaints about Wal-Mart not carrying the drug.

Last year the state legislature approved a measure allowing pharmacists to dispense the drug without a prescription and overrode a veto by Governor Mitt Romney.

This isn’t the first time Wal-Mart has come under fire for not carrying the Plan B pills. NARAL and Planned Parenthood targeted Wal-mart last summer in a campaign to get it to sell the drugs.

Wal-Mart operates 44 pharmacies in Massachusetts and more than 3,700 nationwide.

TAKE ACTION: Click here to email Wal-Mart and thank them for not stocking the morning after pill.