Pharmacist Refuses To Fill Prescriptions For Moral Reasons
Walgreens Allows Pharmacists To Not Dispense Drugs They Object To
POSTED: 12:56 pm CDT May 5, 2005
MILWAUKEE -- A WISN 12 News investigation has discovered that a Milwaukee-area pharmacist has refused to fill prescriptions for women citing religious reasons.
A Milwaukee mother of six walked into a north side Walgreens with a prescription for the so-called morning after pill.
The woman, who 12 News is not identifying, said it was a difficult decision.
"Financially, I wouldn't be able to afford having another child," Jane Doe said.
She asked 12 News to disguise her identity -- afraid of backlash from those who might judge her.
"I mean, I guess I was desperate," Doe said.
Doctors prescribe the pill to prevent pregnancy. It should be taken within 72 hours of conception.
"It was right after New Year's weekend. I got it as soon as I could," Doe said.
But the pharmacist refused to fill her prescription.
"She just told me that she will not fill it. That she's Catholic, and it's murder," Doe said.
Then, she said, before a crowded waiting area, the pharmacist berated her.
"'You're a murderer. I will not help you kill this baby. I will not have the blood on my hands,'" Doe said. "I tried to explain to her that it's emergency contraceptives, that it's not an abortion pill. She then snatched the form from me, that the prescription was attached to, telling me the paper was full of lies, and she won't be a part of it. I was crying, shaking, upset, so embarrassed. I wanted to run out of the store and hope nobody else could get a good look at me."
"So, did you ever get your emergency contraceptives?" 12 News Senior Investigative Reporter Colleen Henry asked.
"No, I never received that one," Doe said.
"And you became pregnant?" Henry asked.
"I did become pregnant, and I had to terminate the pregnancy. It was very hard. And I didn't want to be what she called me. But that's what I ended up being," Doe said. more...
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