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Citing Moral Objections, Walgreens Pharmacist Denies Woman Miscarriage Drug

Nicole Artega's baby had stopped development, and her doctor had told her the pregnancy would end in a miscarriage

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    Pharmacist Denies Woman Miscarriage Drug on Moral Grounds

    When an ultrasound found Nicole Artega’s 8-week-old fetus had no heartbeat, her doctor gave her two options: Surgery or medication to induce a miscarriage. She chose the latter. But when Artega went to a Walgreens pharmacy in Peoria, Arizona, the pharmacist refused to fill her prescription on “moral” grounds. (Published Monday, June 25, 2018)

    A woman says a pharmacist denied her doctor's prescription for miscarriage medications to end her 10-week-old pregnancy based on moral grounds.

    Nicole Artega's baby had stopped development, and her doctor had told her the pregnancy would end in a miscarriage. Her doctor gave her two options: have a surgery, or have get a prescription for the medication and take it at home.

    "I can't even... the feelings," Arteaga told NBC affiliate KPNX, holding back tears. "It's hard when you find out you're not going to have a baby anymore."

    But when she walked into a Walgreens pharmacy in Peoria, Arizona, on Thursday, the 35-year-old mother said the pharmacist told he couldn't fill the prescription because of moral and ethical reservations.

    "I stood at the mercy of this pharmacist explaining my situation in front of my 7 year old, five customers standing behind me only to be denied because of his ethical beliefs," Artega wrote in a Facebook post published Friday.

    Artega said that the pharmacist failed to understand she had "zero control" over the situation and she left Walgreens "in tears, ashamed and feeling humiliated."

    Artega later learned the pharmacist had sent her prescription to another Walgreens.

    The Arizona Republic reports Walgreens says pharmacists are not required to fill prescriptions if they have moral objections. However, they are required to refer those prescriptions to another pharmacist or manager.