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The Massachusetts state pharmacy board has ordered Wal-Mart to stock emergency contraception pills – better known as “morning after pills” in its stores that have pharmacies in the state. Three women had sued the company, saying that Wal-Mart was in violation of state regulations by not carrying the medication.

The company, which to this point only has sold the pills in Illinois because that state forced it to, says that it will comply with the Massachusetts order and is rethinking its nationwide policy.

“Clearly women's health is a high priority for Wal-Mart," spokesman Dan Fogleman said. "We are actively thinking through the issue."

To this point, the company has refused to carry the pill in 49 states without explaining why, saying only that it was for “business reasons.”

Women who take the morning-after pill receive a high dose of hormones that for up to five days after sexual activity can prevent pregnancy.
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