An Arizona mother took to Facebook to express her outrage after she says she went to a Walgreens to pick up a prescription and the pharmacist at Walgreens denied it to her. Nicole Mone Arteaga was prescribed a medicine to induce miscarriage after she was told her 9-week-old fetus had stopped developing. The pharmacist just flat out denied filling Arteaga’s prescription. She described how she was mortified to have to explain to the pharmacist in front of other customers and her seven-year-old, the reason why she had been prescribed the medication.
” I stood at the mercy of this pharmacist explaining my situation in front of my 7 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 had hoped for, this isn’t something I wanted. This is something I have zero control over. He has no idea what its like to want nothing more than to carry a child to full term and be unable to do so. If you have gone thru a miscarriage you know the pain and emotional roller it can be. I left Walgreens in tears, ashamed and feeling humiliated by a man who knows nothing of my struggles but feels it is his right to deny medication prescribed to me by my doctor.”
In a statement, Walgreens said that they allow their pharmacists to not have to fill a prescription if it’s against their beliefs, but at the same time they need to be able to fill the needs of their patients and they are supposed to make sure that they transfer the medication to another Walgreens or have another pharmacist step in and fill the prescription. Arteaga said she would not usually share such a story but did not want other women to have the same experience at a time “when you are vulnerable and already suffering.”
Thankfully she was able to get her medication at another Walgreens. Arteaga has filed a complaint with the Arizona Board of Pharmacy, she also spoke to the store manager of the Walgreens “who did not seem happy about what had happened.”
Her post has been shared more than 30,000 times and liked more than 55,000 times.
On a personal note, I would be completely outraged and I thought she acted in a very humane, and respectful way. I would have gone off on the pharmacist. Furthermore, we all have beliefs in this country but when your beliefs affect your job I don’t agree that you should be able to keep your job. If you can’t do what is “your job position” because you do not agree with other people’s choices due to your overly religious views than you need to find a job that welcomes those view and let someone who would never allow their views to get in the way of doing their job. Walgreen should make sure that if they allow their employees to not serve a customer due to their beliefs that they then have someone always available to step in and fill the needs of their clients.