Michael Moore demands boycott of Walgreens for not selling abortion pill
Filmmaker Michael Moore has called for a nationwide boycott of Walgreens following the pharmacy chain’s announcement. Sell abortion pills in 20 states.
In February, 20 Republican state attorneys general wrote to Walgreens threatening legal action if Walgreens provided the abortion pill mifepristone to consumers in their pharmacies across the US.
On Thursday, Walgreens changed its plan, sharing that it will no longer distribute mifepristone in their states and does not plan to ship the drug to consumers.
After the announcement, Moore, On his websiteurged readers to boycott Walgreens, describing them as a pharmacy chain that “stands against women’s rights with anti-abortion bigots.”
“This decision by Walgreens to further reinforce the status of women as second-class citizens should be met with force by each and every one of us. Every day of our silence since last Thursday is another day of you and me enabling this bigotry and misogyny,” Moore wrote. “Please join me and others in a nationwide boycott of Walgreens. They should withdraw their decision immediately.”
The boycott included pictures of the letters Sent by the state attorney general Walgreens, as well as CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Costco and Kroger. Moore claimed that his “aggressive tactics” were based on the Comstock Act of 1873, which made it illegal to send “obscene articles” through the mail.
“Yes, preventing pregnancy was considered ‘obscene’! Because anything that gave women even the slightest bit of control over their lives was patently obscene,” Moore added. “It was illegal for them to own property, have their own bank account, take out loans – and, God forbid, decide whether they wanted to get pregnant or not! Obscene!!”
Moore concluded her boycott call by urging her listeners to make their voices heard and contact local reproductive rights groups.
“Tell Walgreens you stopped shopping there. Let other pharmaceutical chains know that if they follow Walgreens’ lead you will do the same. Pick your local Walgreens. Ask the White House to stand firm, and let your members of Congress tell you how you’re going to vote next year, this is one of your top issues in deciding,” Moore said.
Moore also criticized the Supreme Court for its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, calling the decision a “legal whip of women” and claiming that the justices based their opinions on the “authoritarian religion” of Christianity.
“The actions of this court have strengthened their role as our Taliban, our Church of England, our Spanish Inquisition. We are now forced to fight our way out of this religious regime where the majority gender in a democracy must cease influence and make that fertilized egg a child – or else,” he said.
Concluding his boycott announcement, Moore included a mailing address for Walgreens consumer relations and a phone number for people to contact their local representatives.
“Boycott. March picket Civil disobedience. Write a postcard. make a call donate Be ruthless!” Moore added.
The drug store chain’s announcement on Thursday suggests this Access to mifepristone The expansion may not be as broad as federal regulators intended in January when they finalized a rule change that would have allowed more pharmacies to provide the pill.
However, Walgreens is working to qualify through the FDA’s certification process.
The company is currently not distributing tablets anywhere.
The Food and Drug Administration approved mifepristone in 2000 to terminate pregnancy when used with another drug, misoprostol. The combination is approved for use up to the 10th week of pregnancy.
Mifepristone is first taken to block the hormones needed to dilate the cervix and maintain the pregnancy. Misoprostol is taken a day or two later, allowing the uterus to empty.
Fox Business’ Sarah Rumpf contributed to this report.