Catholic pharmacist refuses drug to woman seeking to complete a miscarriage

The Deacon's Bench | 10/18/2018 | Staff
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A Michigan woman is demanding that Meijer discipline a pharmacist and implement a company-wide policy for how pharmacists should handle religious and moral objections to dispensing medication after she was denied a prescription to help complete a miscarriage.

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Rachel Peterson, 35, of Ionia alleges a pharmacist at a Meijer store in Petoskey refused to fill her prescription for a drug called misoprostol (brand name Cytotec) in July because of his personal religious views. She says he also refused to transfer the prescription to another pharmacy.

Misoprostol can be used to prevent stomach ulcers and also can be used to induce labor during pregnancy, to aid in the completion of a miscarriage and in the treatment of postpartum hemorrhage. When combined with another drug, it can be used to induce an abortion.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sent a letter Tuesday on Peterson’s behalf to Meijer, saying what the pharmacist did was discriminatory and violated the state’s public accommodation laws.

Some background: according to Peterson, she learned in June that she was nine-weeks pregnant with twins, but complications developed and one of the twins died. A few weeks later, a blood clot developed and the surviving fetus died. That was when she went to the pharmacy to seek to bring the pregnancy to...
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