While we’ve been discussing whether businesses should have the right to discriminate against gay people (they shouldn’t), women have been discriminated against by some medical professionals for quite some time now.
In Georgia, for example, a pharmacist can refuse to sell a woman a drug, even for non-abortive reasons, if the drug might be used for abortive purposes on occasion.
That’s what happened to Brittany Cartrett, who miscarried when she was only around five or six weeks along.
“So we made the decision to not do a D&C and to get a medicine. So he said I’m going to give you this medicine, you’ll take it, and it will help you to pass naturally so that you don’t have to go the more invasive route,” said Brittany Cartrett.
However, when the doctor called the prescription in to the Walmart pharmacy, he was told no. No reason was given but the drug, Misoprostol, can also induce abortions.
Walmart is standing behind the pharmacist, Sandip Patel. It’s been Georgia law for 15 years that pharmacists can refuse to fill prescriptions out of personal belief.
Cartrett was able to fill the prescription at another pharmacy but she says many people who have contacted her have had to go to multiple pharmacies.
While some people might not see this as too much of an inconvenience, there are some medical plans that only include one pharmacy or pharmacy chain.
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Five other states have laws similar to Georgia’s. They include: Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi and South Dakota. The law was designed to let pharmacists specifically opt out of selling birth control or the morning after pill. There is only one state, Illinois, that specifically requires pharmacists to fill all legal prescriptions.
Featured image via video screenshot.