A Walgreens Pharmacist Denied A Woman’s Prescription For Medication To End Her Pregnancy

Arizona is one of six states in the US where it is legal for a pharmacist to refuse prescriptions related to contraception if it conflicts with their religious or moral beliefs, Kelli Garcia, the director of reproductive justice initiatives and senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, told BuzzFeed News. Cases like Arteaga’s are not uncommon. Women’s health advocates oppose such “conscience clauses” because they can limit women’s access to necessary medication if they cannot find another pharmacy, like if they live in a rural area, Garcia said. Also, being turned away adds to the trauma of an already painful event. “Pharmacists shouldn’t be in the business of deciding what medical care a patient gets — that decision should be between a person and her doctor,” Garcia said.