Brittany Cartrett was recently told by her doctor that she had miscarried at five or six weeks into her pregnancy.
"So we made the decision to not do a D&C and to get a medicine. He said, 'Well, I'm going to prescribe you this medicine, you'll take it, and it will help you pass naturally so that you don't have to go the more invasive route,'" Cartrett told WGXA (video below).
However, a pharmacist at a Walmart in Milledgeville, Georgia, refused to fill the prescription, which was for Misoprostol.
MedicineNet.com notes that Misoprostol can also be used to cause an abortion or premature birth, but has other uses as well.
So we found another place to fill it, but I still had to go up there because I had to get another prescription. And then whenever I went up there she came to see me and she said, "Well, do you have any questions about this prescription?" I said, "No, I don't, but I do have a question about the other one." And she looks at my name and she says, "Oh, well, I couldn't think of a valid reason why you would need this prescription."
Brian Nick, of Walmart's corporate office, told WGXA, "Our pharmacists fill prescriptions on a case by case basis every day in our stores throughout the country and we encourage them to exercise their professional judgment in doing so."
Cartrett said that after she wrote about her story on Facebook, she was contacted by other people who had similar experiences.
Georgia law "provides that a pharmacist shall not be required to fill a prescription for an emergency contraceptive drug; provides that such refusal shall not be the basis for any claim for damages; provides for the duration of the effectiveness of the written objection; provides for related matters; repeals conflicting laws," notes the National Conference of State Legislatures.