Pharmacist allegedly refused to fill AZ woman's prescription for miscarriage drug

Nicole Mone said her doctor gave her an option to undergo a surgical procedure or take medication to end the pregnancy

Nicole Mone said her doctor gave her an option to undergo a surgical procedure or take medication to end the pregnancy

One person left the Peoria store a one-star review on Yelp, writing that "the fact that Walgreens would employ someone like this that can not put their beliefs aside for the HEALTHCARE of another human being is deplorable".

"Each week I went for my ultrasound praying to see progress and hear the sound of little heartbeat".

She said there were two other people working behind the counter, one of whom was overseeing prescriptions at the drive-thru window.

"D&C", also known as dilation and curettage, is a surgical procedure to remove tissue from the uterus.

"We are looking into the matter to ensure that our patients' needs are handled properly", the statement said.

Kelli Garcia, director of reproductive justice initiatives and senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center, told BuzzFeed News that Arizona is one of six US states where pharmacists can refuse to serve customers on religious or ethical grounds.

The company told the Associated Press today that the pharmacist in question was the only one on duty at the time, so he called another location to serve the patient.

However when she visited a local branch of Walgreens, she was asked by the pharmacist whether she was pregnant.

"I understand we all have our beliefs, but this isn't something I believe in", Arteaga continued.

"I had a hard time getting to sleep with all these thoughts going through my mind about how a person could control or have control over something that I needed for my well being", she told Buzzfeed News.

It is not only terrible that the Walgreens policy allows the humiliation of women like Arteaga, but the pharmacist's position is extremely troubling to me-as a professional, shouldn't his concern have been with her wellbeing? "[I was] left feeling helpless because I felt there was nothing I could do and I had no control over my body", she said.

"I couldn't control the fact that my body wasn't going to support this pregnancy".

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

Arteaga described her miscarriage as an emotional roller coaster and said the pharmacist had "no idea what it's like to want nothing more than to carry a child to full term and be unable to do so".

Mone said she wanted to share her story in order to spare other women the chance of going through a situation like this, especially when they are "vulnerable and already suffering".

"Having a miscarriage and having to deal with this is like a double dose of terribleness", she said.

However, Arteaga still filed a complaint with the Arizona Board of Pharmacy and contacted the Walgreens store manager and the company's corporate office. She is also concerned that the pharmacist could be denying women the right to birth control, the morning after pill or fertility drugs. At this time I have done what I can to report the situation.

"You have a right to step away, but you don't have a right to step between" patients and their access to legal and medically appropriate treatment options, she added.

Her post has since been shared more than 25,000 times and pulled in 10,000 comments and counting. Finally, he offered to transfer the prescription to another pharmacy. "Do they work for Walgreens or for themselves?" In Arizona, pharmacists can step away from filling prescriptions or contraceptive supplies based on their moral or religious beliefs. According to the Arizona Republic, Nicole Arteaga attempted to pick up misoprostol, a drug used for medical abortions, when a pharmacist refused to supply it on the basis of a "moral objection".

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