Rite Aid will distribute abortion pills in a limited number of stores

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(Reuters) – Rite Aid Corp plans to distribute abortion medication in a limited number of its pharmacies and will serve customers in person or via mail delivery, the US drugstore chain said Thursday.

The company is committed to dispensing the pill, mifepristone, in compliance with federal and state laws.

“We are committed to ensuring fair access to customers who have prescribed this product,” Rite Aid said in an emailed statement.

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Earlier in January, rivals Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and CVS Health Corp said they planned to offer abortion pills following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to allow pharmacies to offer the drug in the country for the first time .

Drug-induced abortion has attracted increasing attention since the U.S. Supreme Court last June overturned its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which had legalized abortion nationwide.

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(Reporting by Sriparna Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

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