Massachusetts Will Force Pharmacies to Sell Abortion Pills That Kill Babies

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 22, 2023   |   6:09PM   |   Boston, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey demanded Wednesday that pharmacies across the state sell dangerous abortion drugs, asserting they have an “obligation to provide critical reproductive health medications.”

Healey, a pro-abortion Democrat, issued the statement as Democrat leaders and abortion activists across the country put pressure on pharmacies to sell abortion drugs, sometimes even threatening or punishing them if they refuse.

This year, the Biden administration dropped safety regulations for the dangerous abortion drug mifepristone, which has been linked to the deaths of millions of babies and dozens of women. Previously, mifepristone only could be dispensed by FDA-approved abortion facilities, medical offices and hospitals under the direct supervision of a licensed physician.

Now, pharmacies are allowed to sell them, and WalgreensCVS and RiteAid all have announced plans to do so.

Healey’s statement Wednesday went even further than the Biden administration change by insisting that all pharmacies in Massachusetts sell abortion drugs.

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According to the AP, she pointed to “guidance from the state board overseeing pharmacies that says they must maintain ‘a continuous, sufficient supply of all family planning medications, including mifepristone, misoprostol, emergency contraception, and contraceptive prescriptions.’”

“At a time when states are rushing to ban medication abortion and some pharmacies are irresponsibly restricting access to it, we are reminding Massachusetts pharmacies that they have an obligation to provide critical reproductive health medications,” Healey said in the statement.

She claimed refusing to provide the life-destroying drugs will “strip pregnant people of their agency and rights and will violate the responsibility of pharmacies and pharmacy departments to provide critical healthcare services.”

Meanwhile, pro-life advocates have launched boycotts against the pharmacy chains that plan to sell the abortion drugs, and Republican state attorneys general wrote letters warning pharmacies that state and federal laws prohibit them from selling or mailing abortion drugs in their states.

Earlier this month, Walgreens responded to the letter, assuring the state leaders that the company will comply with their laws and will not sell abortion drugs in their states.

Its response upset abortion activists, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom went so far as to punish Walgreens by ending its $54 million state contract.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that abortion is not a right in the Dobbs v. Jackson case last summer, and 14 states now protect unborn babies by banning or strictly limiting abortion. Several others have laws regulate dangerous abortion drugs.

The drug mifepristone, typically used with a second drug, misoprostol, now is used for more than half of all abortions in the U.S., killing nearly half a million unborn babies annually, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

The FDA has linked mifepristone to at least 28 women’s deaths and 4,000 serious complications between 2000 and 2018. However, under President Barack Obama, the FDA stopped requiring that non-fatal complications from mifepristone be reported. So the numbers almost certainly are much higher.

Right now, a federal judge is considering a lawsuit from four medical groups that challenges the FDA approval of mifepristone as an abortion drug. The medical organizations accused the agency of ignoring evidence of safety problems and failing to properly study the risks.

Studies indicate the risks are more common than what abortion activists often claim, with as many as one in 17 women requiring hospital treatment.