Arizona woman denied medication to end pregnancy

An Arizona mother said she was two months pregnant when she learned that her baby was not developing and the pregnancy would end in a miscarriage

A viral post by a woman who says she was denied medication to end a pregnancy when her baby stopped developing, has ignited a push to change laws that permit refusal of abortion drug for "ethical" reasons.

After learning her pregnancy would not run to term, Nicole Mone was given two options: a surgical procedure to remove the tissue, or a prescription medication to cause her body to release the tissue. "What we forget about, back to Roe v. Wade in 1973, a woman has a right to choose how she controls her body and her reproductive health care, but what becomes abundantly clear is if you have a private company, this is not governmental action, and a private company does not have the same rules as the government, and the private company can set its own rules if it wants".

The woman voiced her anguish on Facebook, and also left a negative review on the U.S. chain's Yelp page, with many people - particularly women - banding together to push to scrap the legislation.

Arteaga's encounter, which she shared on Facebook, has since been shared on social media and news sites, prompting others to share similar experiences.

After leaving the store in tears, Arteaga said she received an email informing her that the pharmacist had sent her prescription to another Walgreens store nearby. Wary of a repeat performance, she asked her doctor to ensure the pharmacist at the second location would give her the medication before going to pick it up.

The statement also said that company was "looking into" the incident Arteaga described and that they reached out to her "and apologized for how the situation was handled".

Pharmacists are allowed under company policy to walk away from filling a prescription if they have a moral objection, Walgreens said in a statement on Saturday, according to the news outlet.

Employees are required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager to ensure the needs of the patient are met "in a timely manner".

What happened in Arizona is a case study in what could go wrong, they said.

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The Arizona Republic reports Walgreens says pharmacists are not required to fill prescriptions if they have moral objections. "I can't give you this one, '" Arteaga said. Her doctor earlier told her she will have miscarriage. She also writes that she contacted the store manager "who did not seem happy about what had happened", as well as Walgreens corporate office.

According to Walgreens and state law, the pharmacist was within his rights to do this. This is something I have zero control over.

Mone, who said she "left Walgreens in tears, ashamed and feeling humiliated by a man who knows nothing of my struggles", said her prescription was transferred to another Walgreens across town, where she was able to pick it up without issue.

Mone said she wanted to share her story in order to spare other women the chance of going through a situation like this, especially when they are "vulnerable and already suffering".

So her doctor prescribed a medication to terminate the pregnancy. "I understand if you don't want to fill that, but you go the extra mile, make a couple phone calls", said Luke.

"I won't patronize (sic) a drugstore that hires pharmacists who refuse to do their jobs".

Arizona is one of six states where pharmacists can refuse dispensing emergency contraception drugs.

A Valley woman shocked over how she was treated at a pharmacy in Peoria has now touched off a nationwide debate.

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