Pharmacist Refuses To Give Woman Her Medication On Religious Grounds

Henrietta Strickland
October 19, 2018

A woman says a MI pharmacist refused to fill a prescription to help her complete a miscarriage, telling her it was against his religion.

But Peterson's prescription did not include mifepristone. On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of MI filed a complaint with Meijer. Rachel Peterson of Ionia tells the Detroit Free Press the pharmacist worked at a Meijer store in Petoskey. "Had the customer been a man prescribed the same medication, that is also commonly used to treat ulcers, the pharmacist would have filled it". The ACLU says the medication was crucial to take in a timely manner to avoid Peterson needing a more invasive surgical procedure.

In a statement to News 10, the company says the pharmacist "has not been employed by Meijer" since July.

"When you're at one of the lowest moments of your life, you don't expect this sort of demeaning treatment", said Rachel Peterson.

Peterson said she tried to pick up the prescription at a Meijer in Petoskey, Mich., while she was on vacation but the pharmacist told her he could not fill it because he was "a good Catholic male", according to the ACLU's complaint.

They said the store recognizes "the right of a pharmacist to abstain from filling a prescription based on his or her religious beliefs, but the pharmacist is required to have another Meijer pharmacist fill the prescription or, if no other pharmacist is available at that time, to transfer the script to another pharmacy convenient to the customer".

Peterson says the pharmacist told her he didn't believe her explanation.

Earlier this year, an Arizona woman said a Walgreen's pharmacist wouldn't give her a prescription to end her pregnancy for ethical reasons.

"A pharmacist who fails to follow this procedure is in violation of our process", Fecher confirmed to Fox News.

"It's a hard thing to track because it deals with such a private, personal matter when it does happen", Kovach told Fox News, adding she does "hear stories through the grapevine" about women and members of the LGBT community who are discriminated against by medical professionals.

"There's no greed associated with this".

"I don't wish ill intent on anyone, but I feel that he needs to know that his actions do have repercussions and effect", the woman said.

"I wanted to make sure people are aware of this because I had no idea". "It was quite an eye-opener for both of us and for my family as well".

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