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California Governor Gavin Newsom speaking at the State of the State address in Sacramento, CA, Mar 8, 2022. (Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock)

Gov. Newsom Announces State Stockpile Of 2 Million Abortion Pills

Medical experts noted that the CA stockpiles were wildly unnecessary, and selfish

By Evan Symon, April 10, 2023 5:31 pm

Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that, due to a recent U.S. District Court ruling on the U.S. improperly approving the abortion pill Mifepristone over 20 years ago and thereby putting legality up in the air, California would begin stockpiling 2 million pills of the similar drug Misoprostol.

Since Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was passed in the U.S. Supreme Court last year, states across the U.S. have been fluctuating on abortion legality. Some states have all but outright banned the practice, while others, such as California, have expanded abortion legality, becoming abortion sanctuary states. For California, this has included subsidizing abortions, creating incentives for people out of state to travel to California for abortions, and, most recently, attempting to remove state contracts from pharmacies for removing abortion pill access in states that outlawed the pills.

However, two court rulings on Friday brought forth another speed bump. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of Texas ruled on Friday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) improperly approved the abortion pill Mifepristone in 2000, with the pausing of the FDA’s approval due to come this coming Friday. Only hours later, another District Court judge, Thomas Rice of Washington state, ruled that the FDA would be barred from altering the status quo on Mifepristone in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

While the Biden Administration appealed the Texas ruling to a higher court, the most popular and widely used abortion pill is now somewhere in legal limbo. To prepare for a ban, Governor Newsom announced on Monday that California had  secured an emergency stockpile of up to 2 million pills of the similar abortion drug Misoprostol.

A stockpile of abortion pills

According to a statement from the Governor’s office, “While California still believes Mifepristone is central to the preferred regimen for medication abortion, the State negotiated and purchased an emergency stockpile of Misoprostol in anticipation of Friday’s ruling by far-right federal judge Matthew Kacsmaryk to ensure that California remains a safe haven for safe, affordable, and accessible reproductive care. More than 250,000 pills have already arrived in California, and the State has negotiated the ability to purchase up to 2 million Misoprostol pills as needed through CalRx. To support other states in securing Misoprostol at a low cost, California has shared the negotiated terms of the purchase agreement with all states in the Reproductive Freedom Alliance.”

Governor Newsom also gave a brief statement, noting, “In response to this extremist ban on a medication abortion drug, our state has secured a stockpile of an alternative medication abortion drug to ensure that Californians continue to have access to safe reproductive health treatments. We will not cave to extremists who are trying to outlaw these critical abortion services. Medication abortion remains legal in California.”

Many medical experts noted on Monday that the stockpiles were wildly unnecessary, due to where the courts were likely heading with the Mifepristone case.

“The Texas ruling is currently being fought against, so it is unlikely to be held up,” explained Dr. Andreas Lopez, a physician who also acts as a consult to lawyers over medical legal cases, to the Globe on Monday. “Over half of all abortions are by the pill, and the drug has been legal since 2000. It’s currently going to an appellate court which in all likelihood will block it, plus the Washington ruling allowing access are just a lot. Stockpiling is the last thing you want to do. What it is is just a gesture showing where Newsom stands on the issue, rather than be a defender of abortion.”

“Plus, remember, the drug is also used for miscarriages. By hoarding the drug, Newsom could be depriving someone out of California from getting the vital drug to help them through that rough time. So it’s a bit selfish too.”

More legal updates on the situation of the abortion drugs are due soon.

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9 thoughts on “Gov. Newsom Announces State Stockpile Of 2 Million Abortion Pills

  1. Why is CA Globe labelling this:

    anticipation of Friday’s ruling by far-right federal judge

    Far-right? what determines “far” – seems to be anyone supporting constitutionality now.

    We are dividing us further and further with this “FAR” ideology – Globe c’mon now stop feeding the left.

  2. Gavin Newsom is hoarding abortion pills. This is by far the most ghoulish thing I have read regarding the Hon. (not) Gov Newsom — so far this month, at least.
    It is my understanding that one of the reasons for the court ruling was the recognition that not enough care and attention have been given to the unexpected trauma, physical and mental, that the woman experiences as the result of a chemical abortion, especially when it has been generally pushed and publicized as being easy, no problem, no complications. None of which are true. Most women understandably have no idea what they are getting into. After all it’s just a little pill, right? What could go wrong?
    Newsom and his ilk are beyond sick. Really amazing.

  3. Does he not know that unlike his sketchy covid mask deal with China, the abortion pills have expiration dates. I guess Gav will be in TV offering a two for one sale: “Abort your neighbors kid too, at no extra cost!”

  4. Well, that’s all well and good but what is everyone else besides Gavin’s girlfriends supposed to do?

    1. No kidding, Thomas Buckley. Ha ha. (laugh/cry) I hate to admit it but I had similar thoughts. 🙂
      Chuckiechan, at the rate things are going, as we wade through the surreal at every moment, I would NOT be surprised to actually see Gruesome do what you said.

  5. Where was Newsom when the FDA yanked N-acetyl Cysteine from the market in June 2020? This is a powerful over-the-counter antioxidant used in AIDS medication.

    1. Yeah, well, Gruesome and the Gang are not actually trying to HELP anyone. As you know, and as the evidence has shown for a long, L-O-N-G time. But I definitely get your point.

  6. This only shows what a little resonates he is. He seems proud to be know as the abortion governor. He’s Stalin with highlights.

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