Pharmacist who wouldn’t fill miscarriage drug is out

Desiree Burns
October 19, 2018

- A woman says a MI pharmacist at Meijer refused to fill a prescription to help her complete a miscarriage, telling her it was against his religion but that he didn't believe her explanation.

But Peterson's prescription did not include mifepristone.

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking Meijer to ensure that another incident doesn't happen. She eventually drove more than three hours to her home in Ionia, where her pharmacist had a "difficult time" getting the prescription from the Petoskey Meijer, the complaint said. "However, our procedure requires the prescription to then be filled by another pharmacist in the store".

The ACLU has taken up Peterson's cause.

In a statement to News 10, the company says the pharmacist "has not been employed by Meijer" since July. But as she was leaving to pick it up, she was phoned by one of the store's pharmacists, Richard Kalkman, who said that he couldn't "in good conscience" fill the prescription because he was "a good Catholic male" and believed she wanted to use it to end her pregnancy.

"When you're at one of the lowest moments of your life, you don't expect this sort of demeaning treatment", said Rachel Peterson.

"A pharmacist may refuse to fill a prescription based upon religious beliefs", the statement from Meijer said. She was initially told that the prescription her doctor had called in would be filled.

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Six states have laws or regulations that specifically allow pharmacies or pharmacists to refuse medication for religious or moral reasons without the requirement to refer or transfer the prescription elsewhere.

Fecher had previously told Fox News an investigation into the allegations was conducted. "If no other pharmacist is available, the pharmacist must consult with the patient to arrange for the transfer of the prescription to another pharmacy that is convenient to them".

Kovach said it's hard to pinpoint precisely how pervasive an issue like Peterson's is in MI.

"This was a really traumatic, awful thing - and on probably one of the worst days, worst moments of her life", Merissa Kovach, a policy strategist with the ACLU of MI, told Fox News.

Peterson told the Detroit Free Press she made a decision to go public with her story to help prevent it from happening to other women in the future. It's just a basic human right.

"I don't wish ill intent on anyone, but I feel that he needs to know that his actions do have repercussions and effect", the woman said. "It was quite an eye-opener for both of us and for my family as well".

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