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Pharmacist REFUSES Prescription To Pregnant Woman For “Ethical” Reasons | What’s Trending Now!


There’s online outrage against Walgreens
after an Arizona pharmacist refused to fill a prescription for a medical
abortion due to his own ethical concerns. You’re watching What’s Trending, I’m Shira
Lazar. Be sure to like this video and subscribe for more social media news
daily. When she was 9 weeks pregnant, Nicole Arteaga got some devastating news.
The fetus had no heartbeat, and she was going to have another miscarriage. She
was given the choice to either undergo a surgical procedure to remove the fetus
from her uterus, or to take prescription misoprostol to abort the failed
pregnancy. She dropped off the prescription at Walgreens and received
an email that night that it was ready. But when she went to pick up the
prescription the pharmacist refused to give it to her. Video: “He tells me, well he asked
me if I was pregnant once I responded, um he told me that he wasn’t going to fill
my prescription, and so I couldn’t believe that that was happening and I
tried to explain like what was going on and why the doctor had sent it, and he
still had said ‘no not gonna fill this it’s not it’s not gonna happen.'” Devastated, she left Walgreens and posted this to Facebook:
she wrote “I stood at the mercy of this pharmacist explaining my situation in
front of my seven-year-old and five customers standing behind only to be
denied because of his ethical beliefs. I get it, we all have our beliefs. But what
he failed to understand is this isn’t the situation I’d hoped for, this isn’t
something I wanted. Arteaga’s Facebook post went viral, and has been shared over
40,000 times. In an interview with CNN, Arteaga said the pharmacist told her to
either come back the following day or that he could try to fill the
prescription at another Walgreens. She later updated her Facebook post that the
pharmacist had had her prescription transferred to another Walgreens where
she was able to pick it up without issue. This apparently is consistent with
Walgreens official policy. They tweeted “Our policy allows pharmacists to step
away from filling prescription for which they have a moral objection. At the same
time they are also required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or
manager on duty to meet the patient’s needs in a timely manner. So while the
pharmacist didn’t break any Walgreens policies, the emotional trauma inflicted
on Arteaga was significant.
And many online agreed and expressed their outrage. @janeminty tweeted “exactly
which other meds are covered by your policy? Blood thinners? Antidepressants?
Topical acne creams? and please provide evidence that men have also been refused,
since such violations of bodily autonomy policing to affect women. @MissMariapants says “This is a terrible policy that allows for discrimination in
medical matters. I feel like I’m living in the Handmaid’s Tale.” Equality mom wrote
“Under no circumstances should a pharmacist be able to refuse to do their
jobs! Religious beliefs have no place in the public service industry and if you
don’t fire pharmacists for refusing to fill a prescription then we will take
our business elsewhere.” Here’s the problem with that though, in Arizona
where this actually happened, what the pharmacist did was actually legal. Video: “In
Arizona ,which is one of six states. In Arizona the pharmacist is one hundred
percent within his legal rights to refuse to fulfill the prescription and
give the medication. And in Arizona he doesn’t even have to refer it to another
pharmacy.” Five other states are like Arizona and allowing pharmacists to
refuse to fill prescriptions due to religious beliefs, and aren’t required to
refer the patient to a pharmacy that will. In seven states, including Texas and
New York, pharmacists don’t have to fill a prescription, but they must refer you
to someone who will. These states say you have a right to step away, but not to
step between or obstruct a patient from acquiring their medicine. Then there are
eight states including California and Illinois where pharmacists must provide
prescribed medication regardless of one’s ethical or religious beliefs. The
idea there is basically, it’s your job, get over it. Personally before we decide
to cover the story, and we did our research I didn’t even know that this
was happening here in the states, that you could actually say no to someone who
needed a certain medication. It would be like someone who works at an ice cream
store or a candy store and someone who perhaps is overweight or obese comes in
and that person refuses to serve that person because they’re making a judgment
call, like you don’t deserve this, I’m to serve you it’s not ethically right.
And then there’s every other state that has no law at all pertaining to this and
a private company can do what they want to do. By the way, this debate has been
going on in the US for a long time. In 2012, an Oklahoma doctor refused to
provide emergency contraception to a rape victim. And in Georgia in 2015, a
woman was prescribed misoprostol because of an impending miscarriage and the
Walmart pharmacist wouldn’t fill it. Now there’s no federal law on the books on
this issue. That’s because in 2016, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case
from a Washington State pharmacy that claimed it violated its religious
freedom to be required to carry emergency contraception. But there is
evidence that the current Supreme Court would be more amenable to hearing this
case. Just on Tuesday they ruled five-to- four in favor of the right of anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to not disclose that they are not medical
professionals, and ruled that states can’t force such locations to provide
information about legal abortions. The ruling was condemned by women’s health
groups including the National Women’s Law Center which called it devastating,
and said it will make access to full reproductive health care more difficult.
Surprise surprise, the ones that voted against this, five men. As far as Arteaga’s
story goes, she’s filed a complaint with the Arizona Board of Pharmacy, and she
hopes the law can be changed to better provide for people in her situation. Video: “You
know we all I have my own beliefs, I’m not trying to force anybody to believe
what I believe, and yes he he could have just easily passed me on, called the
store manager. Unfortunately in the moment, I,
I wasn’t thinking, I didn’t have a clear mind to ask, to say and, I was just, I
felt completely shut down.” So what do you guys think? Should there be a federal law
one way or another on this issue? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure
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26 thoughts on “Pharmacist REFUSES Prescription To Pregnant Woman For “Ethical” Reasons | What’s Trending Now!

  1. Something similar happened to me. I had just gotten my second major back surgery and my surgeon prescribed me Percocet for the post surgical pain. I was in a lot more pain than I should of been! That was because I had an infection inside my back and I didn’t know it at that time. The pharmacist refused to fill my prescription for Percocet because he said “I was too young to have back surgery and be in as much pain as I was” he said he wouldn’t fill it because “he knew this medicine was going to kill me and he wasn’t gonna take part in that! I told him about my 6 herniated discs, my scoliosis, and my sciatica. I showed him my fresh bandages with blood on them! And this man still refused it and said “it’s not possible”. I said “really? Then why do I have all of these dressings (bandages) on my lumbar (low back) and on my front underneath (my belly button since they cut me open in both back and front to get all the metal pieces the surgeons put in me to correct my spine, etc) I even peeled one of the dressings off so he could see the fresh wounds! He repeated himself and I had to fine another pharmacy at 11 pm. This was a CVS! I was so mad and I couldn’t believe it either!

  2. I wish the pharmacist handled this better. I understand how he feels but it's sad to put that lady through anymore pain, guilt or embarrassment she already felt having a miscarriage. Was there another pharmacist there on duty? They should for these reasons. He could've quietly let the manager or another pharmacist know what was going on.

  3. Abortion will be illegal soon. Republicans are going to control the supreme court for the next 40 years.

  4. I think women should me able to abort there child if they can't take care of it. And people should let others do what ever they want with their bodies.

  5. Ohh now its about the women's feels, its not what she wanted so… its wrong , dont you guys know. Hes oppressing her. Women hate free will when its anyone else, only her own free will and wants. yeah its called free will, women cant get the concept. Its really not hard if you can understand patterns and conclusions and the concept of having rights.

  6. I’m a vegan. I believe eating meat or dairy is hateful and wrong. I am also a server and have worked in lots of different restaurants that are not vegan. Guess what… if you want to order a fucking steak I will give you a fucking steak because it’s none of my god damn business what another person decided to eat for fucking dinner. Their body, their choose. Just like it’s my choose to put myself in a situation where I will have to literally walk a piece of dead animal to a table with a fucking smile! BECAUSE THIS IS AMERICA AND WE ALL HAVE FREEDOM! Fuck him.

  7. I live in AZ and it's not just reproductive medication that gets refused. I had a refusal of medication to manage my progressive congenital disorder and muscle movement disorder (type 4 and 3 Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Dystonia), simply because the new pharmacist didn't think that my condition is bad enough at my age (22 at the time) to require the medication, even though the script came from a specialist who has been prescribing it to keep me alive. It's rediculous that the pharmacists here have the power to negate what the doctors have ordered, just because they think they know better or just plain don't want to.

  8. Pharmacist can not be forced to fill any prescription, even the store manager can not force them to do so. The store manager is normally not a pharmacist so they can not fill the medication without the pharmacist. Pharmacist have this discretion because they are supposed to check for interactions and drug abuse. Even in states that require Plan B and drugs that induce medical abortion to be filled, pharmacy managers who do not want to fill those medications will just not keep them in stock. If you live in a small town with no pharmacy that carries these medications you're forced to travel and hunt for them.

  9. I don't that anyone should be forced to do something.
    If you want sex, ask the person and if the person says no, you can't have sex with them (well, you can but that'd be illegal/rape).
    In this case, a pharamacist shouldn't be forced to fill a prescription that he's against.

    Anyways, I don't know why Shira has to make this about gender/sex…

  10. This guy is in the wrong career field! I am dumbfounded that a pharmacist could find an excuse to refuse doing the one thing his job hired him to do, just for some blasphemous lame religious belief!

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