Pharmacist at Meijer store in Michigan refuses medicine to woman having miscarriage

Oct 18, 2018

By Kristen Jordan Shamus

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.

Rachel Peterson, 35, 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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2 comments on “Pharmacist at Meijer store in Michigan refuses medicine to woman having miscarriage

  • Discipline him?

    He should be fired forthwith, in the first place.

    (Or the company should face an examination of its license.)

    Further, he should be charged criminally with “reckless endangerment” or similar for denying medicine to someone with a medical condition that could potentially be life threatening if it goes untreated.

    WTF does he think he is?

    What next? Christian Scientists denying insulin to diabetics because they believe prayer power should be enough?

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  • From the article above:

    Just as they were about to go to the store to pick up the medicine, Peterson said she got a call from the Meijer pharmacist.

    “He said that he was a good Catholic male and that he couldn’t in good conscience give me this medication because it’s used for abortions, and he could not prescribe that,” Peterson said.

    “When I divulged to him that the fetus was no longer viable, and that … I needed to progress the situation further, he said, ‘Well, that’s your word and I don’t believe you,’ and he refused to fill it.”

    I think it was Hitch who said something to the effect of- If the devout religious bunch would keep their beliefs to themselves we could work with them, but of course, they can never do that. This pharmacist obviously is not capable of sorting out his own absurd beliefs from what is required by the secular law of the land. But he thinks himself to be above the secular law. Maybe he will follow the law until the point that it conflicts with his own “higher law”. These people believe it is their duty to bring everyone around them into compliance with that “higher law” whether they want that or not. For him to prevent that woman from having what he considers to be an abortion has saved her from burning in hell for all eternity.

    Notice the stark divide in the analysis of this situation:

    Bioethical analysis: A patient presents with a failed pregnancy where uterine contents have failed to expel. This poses the serious life threatening possibility of sepsis. The solution chosen by the patient is a medication that is available at her local pharmacy. The patient will take the medication and continue in follow up treatment with her medical professionals.

    Christian analysis: This woman, by the grace of God became pregnant. God in his mercy has caused the baby to die. He must have good reason for this action. If the woman gets sick and dies from this action then it’s all part of God’s beautiful plan. The woman has no right to interfere with God’s plan by obtaining a drug from the pharmacy that is a known abortion drug. Women who have sex outside of sanctified marriage are filthy sinners who deserve punishment. The good Christian pharmacist did a good righteous thing by steering that woman back towards God’s plan for her. If he is fired from his job he will be a martyr for Jesus and almighty God. Even if he suffers in this life he will be rewarded in heaven.

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