Pharmacist Denies Michigan Woman Miscarriage Medication Over Religious Beliefs | NBC Nightly News


REFUSED TO FILL A PRESCRIPTION FOR A MEDICATION NEEDED AFTER A FOR A MEDICATION NEEDED AFTER A HEARTBREAKING MISCARRIAGE HEARTBREAKING MISCARRIAGE BECAUSE OF HIS RELIGIOUS BECAUSE OF HIS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. BELIEFS.>>Reporter: WHEN RACHEL>>Reporter: WHEN RACHEL PETERSON AND HER HUSBAND FOUND PETERSON AND HER HUSBAND FOUND OUT SHE WAS PREGNANT THEY WERE OUT SHE WAS PREGNANT THEY WERE THRILLED. THRILLED.>>THIS WAS OUR FIRST PREGNANCY>>THIS WAS OUR FIRST PREGNANCY AND WE DECIDED WE WERE GOING TO AND WE DECIDED WE WERE GOING TO START A FAMILY. START A FAMILY.>>Reporter: NEARLY FOUR MONTHS>>Reporter: NEARLY FOUR MONTHS AGO SHE SUFFERED A MISCARRIAGE. AGO SHE SUFFERED A MISCARRIAGE. WHAT MADE THINGS WORSE SHE SAYS WHAT MADE THINGS WORSE SHE SAYS IS WHEN HER DOCTOR PRESCRIBED A IS WHEN HER DOCTOR PRESCRIBED A DRUG TO HELP COMPLETE THE DRUG TO HELP COMPLETE THE MISCARRIAGE THE PHARMACIST AT MISCARRIAGE THE PHARMACIST AT THE MEIJER STORE REFUSED TO FILL THE MEIJER STORE REFUSED TO FILL IT BECAUSE OF HIS RELIGIOUS IT BECAUSE OF HIS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. BELIEFS. PETERSON SAID HE WOULD NOT PETERSON SAID HE WOULD NOT TRANSFER IT TO ANOTHER PHARMACY. TRANSFER IT TO ANOTHER PHARMACY.>>HE STATED HE COULD NOT IN>>HE STATED HE COULD NOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE GIVE ME THE GOOD CONSCIENCE GIVE ME THE MEDICATION BECAUSE HE WAS A GOOD MEDICATION BECAUSE HE WAS A GOOD CATHOLIC MAN. CATHOLIC MAN. IT WAS REALLY SURPRISING. IT WAS REALLY SURPRISING.>>Reporter: THE DRUG HAS A>>Reporter: THE DRUG HAS A NUMBER OF USES INCLUDING NUMBER OF USES INCLUDING MISCARRIAGE RECOVERY WHEN MISCARRIAGE RECOVERY WHEN COMBINED WITH ANOTHER DRUG IT COMBINED WITH ANOTHER DRUG IT CAN BE USED TO INDUCE AN CAN BE USED TO INDUCE AN ABORTION. ABORTION. MEIJER SAYS THE PHARMACIST HAS MEIJER SAYS THE PHARMACIST HAS NOT BEEN EMPLOYED SINCE EARLY NOT BEEN EMPLOYED SINCE EARLY JULY AND A FARMPHARMACIST MAY RE JULY AND A FARMPHARMACIST MAY RE TO FILL A PRECISION BASED ON TO FILL A PRECISION BASED ON RELIGIOUS BELIEFS BUT THEN SAYS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS BUT THEN SAYS IT SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO IT SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER FAERMPHARMACY. ANOTHER FAERMPHARMACY.>>I WANT TO HAVE EVERYONE HAVE>>I WANT TO HAVE EVERYONE HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR MEDICATION AND ACCESS TO THEIR MEDICATION AND CARE. CARE.>>Reporter: THE MEDICATION WAS