Pharmacist denies woman miscarriage drug on moral grounds

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

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

Arteaga explained that she has miscarried before, and it's an emotional roller coaster.

Instead, Arteaga was turned away, without the medicine she needed.

An Arizona woman claims that a Walgreens pharmacist denied to give her a medication to end pregnancy, and this had something to do with the pharmacist's ethical beliefs. "It's not something that I want my body to do", said Arteaga.

Brian Hreniuc has come under fire for refusing Ms Mone Arteaga miscarriage-inducing medication. ".I was completely shocked".

A Valley woman's post went viral after a pharmacist at a Peoria Walgreens refused to fill her prescription to aide in an abortion.

Her doctor gave the 35-year-old mother of one two options: Surgery or medication to induce a miscarriage. Arteaga was 9 weeks into her pregnancy when her doctor informed her that he could detect no fetal heartbeat or development and that a miscarriage was certain. She says the pharmacist had "ultimately had it transferred to another location that had it in stock after I had left upset".

According to Arteaga, that was not this case in her situation.

The manager said she would look into it but never got back to her, Arteaga said.

"I could have just, right now, been dealing with me and my family and the loss of our baby", she said. "I tried to explain to him".

She said the embarrassment added to the emotions she is experiencing after losing a child. "I couldn't believe what was happening".

Arteaga later learned the pharmacist sent her prescription to another Walgreens location.

But it said: "It's important to note in that situation, the pharmacist also is required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager on duty to meet the patient's needs in a timely manner".

"The pharmacist now has the exclusive right to determine whether or not they want to dispense prescriptions".

In a statement to the BBC, Walgreens said it was looking into the matter, and had "reached out to the patient and apologised for how the situation was handled".

Arteaga disputed the company's statement, saying the only time she spoke to anyone from the company was when she called the manager of the Peoria store to complain. She said she collected it after first revisiting her doctor to ensure he could help her fill the script. She also wrote that she had filed a complaint with the Arizona Board of Pharmacy and contacted Walgreen's corporate office.

Eight states - California, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, Washington and Wisconsin - have laws requiring pharmacists to provide medication to patients.

The pharmacist was reportedly well within his rights, as Arizona is one of six states that allows pharmacists to refuse customers medication for religious or "moral" reasons. However, companies may make workplace polices for employees who choose to work for the business.

By early Monday, her post had been shared more than 30,000 times and liked more than 55,000 times. From her post, you can see it was a private and painful situation.

Arteaga says she left Walgreens in tears.

Arteaga said she and her husband had been trying for a while to get pregnant.

This post isn't something I generally do, but last night I experienced something no women should ever have to go thru.

The story drew thousands of outraged comments on social media. According to her, Walgreens didn't reach out to her. Arteaga said she reached out to them.

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