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New York AG, 23 others support pharmacies for selling abortion pills

A woman sits at a table as an American flag and the New York state flag hang in the background.
New York State Attorney General's Office
New York Attorney General Letitia James delivers remarks as the American and New York state flags hang behind her.

New York Attorney General Letitia James and 23 other attorneys general are expressing their support for CVS and Walgreens pharmacies to offer abortion pills.

In an open letter to the companies' leadership Thursday, the officials said they're committed to defending access to reproductive health.

The move comes after attorneys general in at least 20 other states earlier this month sent warning letters to the companies about selling the medication, according to the Associated Press.

The letter from James also mentioned that restricting access to this medication could affect people’s health and safety.

"Limiting access to medication abortion disproportionately impacts groups already underserved by the healthcare system, including people of color, low-income people, people with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and those who live in rural areas," the letter said.

The FDA expanded access to these abortion pills at the beginning of the year, but anti-abortion groups and many states are trying to get this overturned. If a judge rules in their favor, it could stop the production of the pills. The letter states the claim of the lawsuit is false and not accurate under the law.

"Mifepristone and misoprostol are safe, effective medications that are used lawfully for a variety of purposes that comport with federal and state law," the letter said.

The letter emphasized the abortion pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, are safe and many women who have used them would recommend them to other women in similar situations.

The attorneys general said they stand "in full support" with CVS, Walgreens, and other pharmacies in their supplying of the pills.

Danielle is an undergraduate student studying Magazine, News and Digital Journalism at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, expected to graduate in May of 2026. As a web writer, she helps manage online content for WAER. As a social media manager, she helps manage social media content for WAER. Danielle is from Southern California, and is both nervous and extremely excited for the snow! You can follow her @danielleblyn on Twitter!