Walgreens pharmacist denied mother medication to end pregnancy because of his beliefs
Jun 28 2018
"I picked up my prescription from that Walgreens with no problems", Mone said after consulting with her doctor to make sure there would be no further difficulties.
The Arizona mom found out on June 19 that her unborn baby's development had stopped and that the pregnancy was going to end in a miscarriage.
With her 7-year-old son beside her and a long line of customers waiting, Arteaga said she tried to discreetly tell the pharmacist that "the doctor prescribed it because the baby is not developing and the baby's not alive". When she replied that she was, he refused to sell her the medication.
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.
In an update to her original Facebook post, which had drawn 33,000 reactions at time of writing, Ms Mone said she had contacted Walgreens corporate office, and filed a complaint with the state Board of Pharmacy.
The excitement turned to heartbreak last week, when Arteaga, whose pregnancy was being closely monitored, went in for a 10th-week ultrasound.
I hadn't planned on telling anyone outside our immediate family but two months we were surprised to find out I was pregnant. She said she collected it after first revisiting her doctor to ensure he could help her fill the script.
Her doctor gave her two options: have a surgery or get a prescription and take it at home.
According to Arteaga, that was not this case in her situation.
Arteaga explained that there were other pharmacists at the Walgreens when the man denied filling her prescription, yet he did not refer her medical needs to another employee.
When Ms Arteaga went to pick up the drug at a Walgreens store in Arizona, US, she said the pharmacist refused to give it to her because of his "ethical" beliefs.
"What he failed to understand is this isn't the situation I had hoped for, this isn't something I wanted", Arteaga wrote in her post. This is something I have zero control over. If you have gone thru a miscarriage you know the pain and emotional roller it can be. "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". She says the pharmacist had "ultimately had it transferred to another location that had it in stock after I had left upset". How is this okay?
She claims Walgreens did not reach out to her but instead she was the one who reached out to them.
Brian Hreniuc has come under fire for refusing Ms Mone Arteaga miscarriage-inducing medication.
Arteaga said the pharmacist told her he couldn't do it for ethical reasons.
She said the law steps into the relationship between a woman and her provider - a woman could become ill by not properly dealing with a miscarriage. "[I was] left feeling helpless because I felt there was nothing I could do and I had no control over my body", she said. Her Facebook post about the incident is heartbreaking, and has quickly drummed up a whole lot of internet outrage. According to local news outlet Fox 10 the company allows pharmacists to reject prescription requests if they have moral objections, but they are still required to refer the prescriptions to other pharmacists or managers on duty.