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Wal-Mart busted over emergency contraception

Funny how women couldn’t find the morning-after pill stocked in any Wal-Marts except the one state where it is required to carry it by law. Now the retail giant is getting slapped with a lawsuit by women in Massachusetts…


Rebekah Gee, left, and Katrina McCarty, center, listen as Julie Battel speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, in Boston. The three Massachusetts women, backed by pro-abortion rights groups, sued Wal-Mart on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

The lawsuit, filed in state court, seeks to force the company to carry the morning-after pill in its 44 Wal-Marts and four Sam Club stores in Massachusetts.

The plaintiffs argued that state policy requires pharmacies to provide all “commonly prescribed medicines.”

Wal-Mart carries the morning-after pill in Illinois only, where it is required under state law, said Dan Fogleman, a spokesman for Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart. Fogleman said the company “chooses not to carry many products for business reasons.” He would not elaborate.

The article also notes that CVS carries EC in all of its stores.

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