The pharmacist accused of denying a woman medication that would help her recover from a miscarriage is no longer employed at Meijer.
The ACLU says in July of this summer, Rachel Peterson's OB/GYN called in a prescription to the Meijer pharmacy in Petoskey, Mich. for medication to treat a recent miscarriage.
Peterson says she meant to fill a prescription to accelerate the miscarriage and avoid infection, but says the pharmacist refused to provide the medication.
Peterson explained to Kalkman that her doctor said the fetus was not viable, but he responded that "that was just [her] word", the claim says.
"When you're at one of the lowest moments in your life, you don't expect this sort of demeaning treatment", Peterson said in a statement.
"A pharmacist may refuse to fill a prescription based upon religious beliefs". She asked whether the prescription could be transferred to another pharmacy.
Meijer says the pharmacist should have allowed someone else to fill the prescription.
Peterson said if the ACLU complaint doesn't achieve the desired results, she would be willing to file a lawsuit. 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. The organization's MI policy strategist, Merissa Kovach, said Peterson was "clearly a victim of sex discrimination", arguing that "had the customer been a man prescribed the same medication, that is also commonly used to treat ulcers, the pharmacist would have filled it".
"He didn't believe me and said that he would still not give me the medication", Peterson said. The ACLU of MI is demanding Meijer implement a policy that ensures all pharmacy customers receive their medication without undue delay regardless of the personal beliefs of its pharmacists.
"If this is happening to me is it happening more to other people", she thought. "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".
"A pharmacist who fails to follow this procedure is in violation of our process", Fecher confirmed to Fox News.
"There's no greed associated with this".
"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. I was naïve in that sense. "Had the customer been a man prescribed the same medication, that is also commonly used to treat ulcers, the pharmacist would have filled it". "It was quite an eye-opener for both of us and for my family as well". The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.