A woman was denied a pregnancy termination medication at Walgreens in Arizona due to the pharmacist’s belief systems.
In a Facebook post, Nicole Mone explained that she found out she was pregnant about two months ago, after having previously gone through a miscarriage. The doctor told her on Tuesday that her baby had stopped developing this time as well and she had to terminate the pregnancy through either surgery or prescription. Choosing the latter, Nicole went in on Thursday night to pick up the prescription, but the pharmacist denied her the prescription.
Nicole wrote, “I stood at the mercy of this pharmacist explaining my situation in front of my 7 year old, and five customers standing behind only to be denied because of his ethical beliefs. I get it we all have our beliefs. But what he failed to understand is this isn’t the situation I had hoped for, this isn’t something I wanted. This is something I have zero control over. He has no idea what its like to want nothing more than to carry a child to full term and be unable to do so.”
Nicole posted on Facebook about her experience on Friday, June 22. She also posted the same message on Instagram. She attached with her note a picture of the pharmacist’s card and his details. Since she posted this, the post has been shared more than 25,000 times on Facebook and has over 10,000 comments.
Mone also updated her post to explain what happened after her humiliating experience. After she left the pharmacy, she got a call saying her prescription was ready at a location across town. The pharmacist had transferred her medication to another location because his own beliefs prevented him from selling it.
Nicole further explained, “Yesterday morning I went to my see my Dr for his help in making sure that pharmacist at the second location would give it me. I picked up my prescription from that Walgreens with no problems.”
Mone called in and complained about her experience to the Walgreens store manager and also contacted the Walgreens corporate office. Additionally, she reached out and informed the Arizona Board of Pharmacy.
Read the full statement below:
Later, Mone also updated her post to thank everyone that supported her through this process.
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