Walgreens Apologizes Over Handling of Pregnancy Rx


An Arizona mom was "humiliated" by a Walgreens pharmacist who refused to fill her prescription for an abortion drug because it went against his "ethical beliefs".

When she was two months pregnant, Nicole Mone Arteaga's doctor informed her that her baby had stopped developing and she would ultimately have a miscarriage. "I understand if you don't want to fill that, but you go the extra mile, make a couple phone calls", said Luke.

A woman says a pharmacist denied her a medicine prescribed by her doctor.

"I stood at the mercy of this pharmacist explaining my situation in front of my 7-year-old, and five customers behind only to be denied because of his ethic [al] beliefs", Arteaga wrote in a Facebook post describing the incident that has now been shared more than 34,000 times.

She claims Walgreens did not reach out to her but instead she was the one who reached out to them.

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Arteaga said she and her husband have a 7-year-old son and have wanted another child.

Arteaga got her prescription filled and made a decision to post her story on Facebook because she wanted "to do something good for women" and did not "want this to happen to somebody else". "This is not how I wanted my pregnancy to go, but this is my situation". "This is something I have zero control over", wrote Arteaga in a Facebook post.

Arteaga said the pharmacist asked her whether she was pregnant and then informed her that he wouldn't be giving her the medication.

"I share this story because I wish no other women have to go through something like this at time when you are vulnerable and already suffering".

Kam Gandhi, the executive director of the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy, told the AP that the state's "conscience clause" law needs to be clarified.

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That pharmacist arranged for her to get her medication the following day at another Walgreens. It said that store policy allows a moral objection in order to respect "sincerely held beliefs".

In a statement to the BBC, Walgreens said it was looking into the matter, and had "reached out to the patient and apologised for how the situation was handled". The company added, however, that in such cases, pharmacists "are also required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager on duty to meet the patient's needs in a timely manner" - a contingency that was, apparently, followed to the letter by Hreniuc.

Eight other states explicitly require pharmacists to provide medication to patients even if there are objections, and seven others allow pharmacists to refuse but prohibit them from obstructing access to the medication, the National Women's Law Center says.

An already hard reality soon took another complicated turn when the pharmacist refused to fill the order from her doctor. The drugstore chain said in a statement that the employee had acted within company guidelines and Arizona law.

Arizona is one of six U.S. states with a "conscience clause" law that allows health care providers to refrain from assisting in abortion, abortion medication or emergency contraception. She said she opposed Arizona's "right to refuse" law when it passed in 2012, and she's been trying to repeal it since. Trump Administration rolling back mandate to cover birth control " He was not compassionate at all", she said.

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"I experienced something no woman should ever have to", she wrote.