If you thought we were getting anywhere nearer to 100% equal rights between men and women, let this story out of Peoria, AZ set the record straight. We’re far from it and the path we’re currently spiraling down is a terrifying one for women.
Nicole Mone took to Facebook and Instagram on Friday to discuss an incident at a Walgreens in Peoria, AZ. She starts off talking about an earlier miscarriage and a second pregnancy that, unfortunately, was going to end in the same way.
The doctor gave her options, either undergo a dilation and curettage procedure or take a prescribed medication. As the D&C is known to be uncomfortable, she “opted for prescription.”
Unfortunately, when Mone went to pick up her prescription at the local Walgreens, she was met with conservative pharmacist, Brian Hreniuc, who was more inclined to stick to his ethical beliefs rather than consider the health of the woman standing in front of him.
As Mone explains:
“I get it we all have our beliefs. But what he failed to understand is this isn’t the situation I had hoped for, this isn’t something I wanted. This is something I have zero control over.”
And then she touches on the problem with conservative backlash against birth control, abortions, and, in Mone’s case, prescriptions to induce miscarriages:
“He has no idea what it’s like to want nothing more than to carry a child to full term and be unable to do so.”
In the end, Mone’s prescription was transferred to a Walgreens across town, but that doesn’t fix the humiliation and pain she felt after first being denied, as if her body wasn’t hers to control.
Mone doesn’t stand alone as people took to social media to show her support. One ER doctor even vowed never to use Walgreens to protect patients “from predatory pricing and ultra-conservative half-wits.”
He’s not the only medical professional to be appalled by either Walgreens’ policy or how Hreniuc handled the situation.
Walgreens did eventually reach out to Mone and issued a statement, confirming that it does allow “pharmacists to step away from filling a prescription for which they have a moral object,” but also states that the pharmacist must “refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manage on duty.”
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