Walgreens pharmacist denies mom miscarriage drug for fetus with no heartbeat

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

The woman, who the Arizona Republic identified as Nicole Arteaga, described in a viral Facebook post how she was publicly humiliated when attempting to fill the prescription to end her pregnancy - a pregnancy she wanted, but needed to terminate because she would ultimately miscarry. "I stood at the mercy of this pharmacist, explaining the situation in front of my 7-year-old, and five customers standing behind only to be denied because of his ethical beliefs", Arteaga wrote her post.

The next day, she updated her post to say that the pharmacist, Brian Hreniuc, transferred her prescription to another Walgreens location.

The mother said she contacted the store manager "who did not seem happy about what happened", and also reached out to Walgreens' corporate office.

Nicole Arteaga revealed on Facebook she found out she was pregnant about two months ago and was desperate to have the child.

Pharmacists are allowed under company policy to walk away from filling a prescription if they have a moral objection, Walgreens said in a statement on Saturday, according to the news outlet. "And, looking back at those comments, it's nice to know that people understand the situation and what I'm going through", Arteaga said. The law says medical professionals like pharmacists must state their objection in writing. Currently, Arizona law allows pharmacies to refuse to process prescriptions for religious or moral reasons. She said she collected it after first revisiting her doctor to ensure he could help her fill the script.

"After learning what happened, we reached out to the patient and apologized for how the situation was handled", the company stated.

Arteaga said the he did not explain any further.

Ms Artaega filed a complaint with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy, which said it will make inquiries into the incident.

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"The world felt like it was closing in, and I was thinking, like, this is my body and I'm losing control", Arteaga said.

"He had it in his hand and refrained from giving it to me", Arteaga told WTSP, adding: "I was completely shocked".

It is not only bad 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? Although, companies like Walgreens have adopted their own policies for employees. "At the same time, they are also required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager on duty to meet the patient's needs in a timely manner". She wrote that, just after leaving the Peoria Walgreen's on Thursday, she received an email notification that her prescription was ready to be picked up at a different Walgreen's location.

Reactions on social media were swift.

"This post isn't something I generally do, but last night I experienced something no women should ever have to go thru especially under these circumstances", she wrote on Friday.

She said the reactions validated her beliefs that she had been wronged.

Ms Mone said she was sharing her story as she didn't want other women to endure similar experiences when they were "vulnerable and already suffering".

"I honestly hope that a pharmacist who is indecisive in the same situation (will) think how their personal choices to deny people medication can be more impactful than they may think or be able to see", she said.

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