Post # 1
I just saw this story online where a woman was denied her prescription because it was against the pharmacists beliefs to fill it.
Her OB told her her baby no longer had a heartbeat and she needed medication to induce miscarriage to avoid surgery.
But the pharmacist at walgreens refused to fill the script and said she needed to go to another pharmacy.
I was shocked to find out not only does Walgreens stand by this policy, it is backed by Arizona law!
Here is a link to the story: https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5b2fa267e4b0040e2743f360/amp
What are your thoughts? Should pharmacists be allowed to deny patients medication based on personal beliefs?
Post # 2
No. That person is a pharmacist. If he can’t perform his job duties, he shouldn’t be in that line of work.
I’m seriously sick of that crap. I’m assuming they would be totally fine with someone who is Muslim refusing to serve them alcohol on an airplane or in the grocery store, right? Because, religious freedom? Yeah… that would go over like a ton of bricks.
Post # 3
The additional heartbreak they caused this poor woman is absolutely unforgivable.
Post # 4
It sounds like the pharmacist did not follow store policy, which is to hand over the prescription for someone else to fill. He is wrong for not following protocol. He is even more wrong for judging this woman.
After having gone through a miscarriage myself, I probably would have lost it in the store had I overheard this going on. He’s a jackass hiding behind religious righteousness. I get religious freedom, I do. I know it’s a fundamental aspect of our freedom here. But at some point you’re impacting the rights of others with this mentality.
If he was so bothered by the prescription, he should have arranged to have another pharmacist fill it and have another person to hand it over to her. But he instead sat there and whined like the pathetic, heartless jerkoff that he is.
Post # 5
Reliious freedom doesn’t mean you get to trample the rights of others though. Where was this woman’s right to get her script filled without someone denying her because of his religion?
That’s now how religious freedom works. It’s the freedom to worship how you wish, not to deny the rights of other people.
Yes, she could go to another store. But imagine if that was the same attitude during segregation, we would have never been desegregated.
Post # 7
Great news until you’ve had a transplant and your pharmacist refuses your transplant medications because his religion is against transplants.
The religious freedom argument is so unbelievably short sighted, no one thinks about what will happen when it spills beyond birth control and plan b. The baby had also already died so t wasn’t an abortion.
Post # 8
mrsaime : Great news how? The baby was already dead. What was there to save?
This isn’t even REALLY a religious objection issue. This is a competency issue. As a pharmacist, he should be aware of uses of the drugs he prescribes (especially if he is going to take issue with them). He should know that this isn’t solely an abortion drug.
Post # 9
Sansa85 : i agree. If you want to push your religious beliefs on people, become a pastor.
But people in the medical field, police, and firefighters should have an obligation to help people regardless of their personal beliefs.
Post # 10
mrsaime : You appear to be just as ignorant as the pharmacist.
Post # 11
Hell no. That’s equivalent to a firefighter not saving a gay couple from a burning home because gays are against their beliefs.
Needs to be fired. Like yesterday.
Post # 12
emsie : I thinkivts BS. She was having a miscarriage for Gods sakes. Even if the pharma was against abortion this wasn’t it. And if it was they need to find a new line of work.
Post # 13
Wow I thought this kind of stuff was made up but apparently not.
Real curious what kind of religion requires you to let a corpse rot inside you indefinitely? That makes even less sense than that sect that rejects blood transfusions in favor of faith healing or whatever. I think even those people understand that when someone dies you don’t just keep their corpse around in your house, you take it out and bury it…
Post # 14
Sansa85 : Totally agree. I’m sure there’d be an uproar if a jewish waiter refused to serve you bacon with your eggs…
Or a Jehovah’s Witness doctor refused to give your son a blood transfusion when he’s bleeding out?
Post # 15
Gross gross gross. Of course this was a man and of course in Arizona 🙄 I feel so bad for this poor woman I’m glad she was able to get her prescription filled elsewhere and I hope that doctor had the chance to tear that pharmacist a new asshole. I’ll be looking out for any petitions about that piece of crap losing his job too. He should not be behind that counter if he wants to peddle his religious bullshit he should just shout about it on the street corners like all the other religious looneys in AZ.