Arizona woman says Walgreens pharmacist denied her prescription to end pregnancy

A Peoria woman is going public after she says a Walgreens pharmacist denied her a medication to end a pregnancy

A Peoria woman is going public after she says a Walgreens pharmacist denied her a medication to end a pregnancy

In an emotional Yelp review, Arizona native Nicole Arteaga explained that her doctor had informed her that her baby had stopped developing and she was going to suffer a miscarriage. The drug, Misoprostol, would cause her uterus to contract and the fetus to come out, WTSP reported.

A few days ago, 35-year-old Nicole Arteaga went to the Walgreens on Peoria and 91st Avenues, with her 7-year-old son, to pick up a prescription.

She was denied a prescription at a Walgreens because of the pharmacist's beliefs.

But when she went to the Walgreens to fill the prescription, the pharmacist wouldn't do it "because of his ethical beliefs", according to Arteaga.

"And so I asked if somebody else there could help me because there were some other people behind the counter", Arteaga.

"I completely lost it and was in tears".

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"I couldn't believe what he was telling me", Arteaga said.

She said she later received an email notification that Mr Hreniuc had forwarded her prescription to another branch of Walgreens.

She was able to pick up her meds there "with no problems".

James W. Graham, senior manager of media relations for the pharmacy chain, confirmed what happened and issued a statement on behalf of Walgreens.

'After learning what happened, we reached out to the patient and apologized for how the situation was handled.

Though the stores' employees are allowed to opt out of fulfilling prescriptions that they have a moral objection to, they are required to hand the order off to someone else to fill, the company said in a statement obtained by HuffPost.

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The company told the Associated Press today that the pharmacist in question was the only one on duty at the time, so he called another location to serve the patient. "We are looking into the matter to ensure that our patients" needs are handled properly'. According to her, Walgreens didn't reach out to her. Arteaga said she reached out to them. "I can't be the only one who has gone through this". Instead, he humiliated a customer who was in a deeply vulnerable position. "[I was] left feeling helpless because I felt there was nothing I could do and I had no control over my body", she said. ".Those guidelines were broken".

Arteaga noted on Facebook that she has contacted Walgreens' corporate office over the incident, and also filed a complaint with the Arizona Board of Pharmacy.

"A pharmacy, hospital or health professional, or any employee of a pharmacy, hospital or health professional, who states in writing an objection to abortion, abortion medication, emergency contraception or any medication or device meant to inhibit or prevent implantation of a fertilized ovum on moral or religious grounds is not required to facilitate or participate in the provision of an abortion, abortion medication, emergency contraception or any medication or device meant to inhibit or prevent implantation of a fertilized ovum".

Even when she tried to explain the delicate situation - that her unborn baby would not live - the pharmacist wasn't swayed, she recalled.

Pharmacists are not legally obligated to refer customers to another pharmacy, but companies such as Walgreens have adopted individual policies for employees.

"Thank you to those who have shown love and support", she added. She said multiple other women have since shared similar pharmacy experiences.

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