Nicole Arteaga is a woman who recently found out that her pregnancy was going to result in a miscarriage after her doctor told her that her baby had stopped growing and didn’t have a heartbeat. Having heard the devastating news, she went to her local Walgreens in Arizona with the prescription in her hand to purchase Misoprostol, a medication that causes a medical abortion.
However, the pharmacists wouldn’t give her the prescription to end her pregnancy. So, she explained in a Facebook post that she stood at the mercy of this pharmacists, explaining her situation in front of her 7-year-old and five other customers standing behind. The pharmacist, though, still denied her the medicament because of his ethical beliefs.
This is what she posted:
Arteaga left Walgreens empty handed and absolutely mortified, so she decided to take action. She reached out to Walgreens about the actions of the pharmacist, and she made her story public.
She eventually got in contact with the store’s manager, and he “did not seem happy” about what happened. Arteaga also got in touch with the corporate office of Walgreens, and she filed a complaint with the Arizona Board of Pharmacy. Unfortunately, though, it’s apparently legal in Arizona for a pharmacist to deny filling a prescription if it goes against their religious or ethical beliefs.
Walgreens defended themselves on Twitter and said that a pharmacist can “step away” from filling a prescription, however, they are required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager on duty.
The pharmacist in this situation, however, did nothing of that.