Arizona pharmacist refuses to fill woman's prescription to end pregnancy

A Peoria woman is going public after she says a Walgreens pharmacist denied her a medication to end a pregnancy

A Peoria woman is going public after she says a Walgreens pharmacist denied her a medication to end a pregnancy

Nicole Arteaga, a first-grade teacher who lives in Peoria, Ariz., had a Walgreens pharmacist deny her medication that had been prescribed for a failed pregnancy.

Nicole Arteaga wanted nothing more than to be a mother again.

"It's not OK to do that to someone", she told Arizona Central. There was no heartbeat. "If you have gone through a miscarriage you know the pain and emotional rollercoaster it can be".

An Arizona woman is going public after she says a Walgreens pharmacist denied her a medication to end a pregnancy.

Instead, Arteaga was turned away, without the medicine she needed.

When she went to her local Walgreens to pick up her prescription, the pharmacist on duty refused to give it to her. "I need this to help get it out". "."I was completely shocked".

Arteaga's Facebook post has been shared more than 35,000 times and liked almost 60,000 times. At this time I have done what I can to report the situation.

"I think her personal facts, which are highly sympathetic, was that she wanted to make him understand she was not there for some frivolous reason", Klieman said Monday on "CBS This Morning".

An already hard reality soon took another complicated turn when the pharmacist refused to fill the order from her doctor. "And I chose to take this medication.' And he still said no", Arteaga said.

Arteaga was offered a choice between taking prescribed medication to induce a miscarriage or undergoing a hospital procedure.

"He had it in his hand and refrained from giving it to me", Arteaga explained.

She said the embarrassment added to the emotions she is experiencing after losing a child. "I couldn't believe what was happening".

"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", she wrote. From her post, you can see it was a private and painful situation.

"He wasn't compassionate about it", J.R. Arteaga said.

Arteaga was eventually able to get her prescription.


In that situation, staff are required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager "to meet the patient's needs in a timely manner".

In a statement quoted by CNN, Walgreens said they were investigating the incident "to ensure our patients' needs are handled properly".

In a statement to the BBC, Walgreens said it was looking into the matter, and had "reached out to the patient and apologised for how the situation was handled".

"This is a very, very well-protected right in the United States", so much so that a principle called duty of care can sometimes be compromised, she said.

The laws governing pharmacies vary from state to state.

But, according to the National Women's Law Center, the pharmacist was within his rights.

Arizona is one of six states that have passed laws allowing pharmacists to deny filling emergency contraception drug prescriptions on moral grounds.

Arteaga's Facebook post has attracted 15,000 comments as of this writing. He humiliated a woman who was already suffering through the loss of a pregnancy and made her feel ashamed for something she had zero control over.

"I experienced something no woman should ever have to", she wrote.

Reactions on social media were swift. Others shared their own stories of being denied access to similar drugs.

Walgreens said the pharmacist's actions weren't exactly wrong, according to WTSP 10 News.

That pharmacist arranged for her to get her medication the following day at another Walgreens.

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