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Walgreens will not dispense abortion pills in some states

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DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) said  Thursday that it will not dispense abortion pills in the states of 20 Republican attorneys general who have told the pharmacy chain it risked breaking the law should it dispense them to those states by mail.

The decision comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed retail pharmacies to dispense mifepristone pills, including by mail, provided they are certified under special safety rules for the drug.

A Walgreens spokesperson said the pharmacy’s decision was in response to a letter from the attorneys general. Walgreens intended to become a certified pharmacy and would only dispense in jurisdictions where it was legal to do so, the spokesperson said.