"Emergency Contraceptive or 'The Morning After Pill'" by Dr.Vijayachandar / CC BY-SA 4.0
By Katie Shepherd
A severe snowstorm was brewing in McGregor, Minn., when Andrea Anderson called her doctor after a condom mishap left her in need of an emergency contraceptive to prevent an unwanted pregnancy last January.
“The next morning, I got up and said, ‘We can’t roll the dice,’” she told KSTP.
Her gynecologist told the 39-year-old mother of five she should take ella, the prescription-only morning-after pill, and sent the prescription to the only pharmacy in McGregor, a very small town about 130 miles north of Minneapolis.
But when Anderson showed up at the Thrifty White Pharmacy to pick up the pill, the pharmacist allegedly told her he would not fill the prescription. The small-town pharmacy wasn’t out of stock or too far from a wholesaler to get the pill for Anderson. Instead, the pharmacist told her he wouldn’t sell her the emergency birth control pill because of a personal objection.
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