Woman almost dies because of Abortion protest

Katherine - posted on 01/15/2011 ( 35 moms have responded )




Imagine a woman who has recently given birth walks into your pharmacy. She's in danger of bleeding out right in front of you if you don't agree to hand over their legally prescribed pills to stop the bleeding. But instead of filling her prescription, you decide to call the nurse practitioner who prescribed them and give her a hard time.

Would you be comfortable ignoring her in favor of being a jerk? She just gave birth for crying out loud? What, no, you wouldn't?

Now what if that woman hadn't just given birth? Oh, she's still bleeding from the uterus. But it's because she just came out of the abortion clinic, where she's had a legal abortion and has an equally legal prescription for pills to help stop the flow of blood, a blood flow that would technically kill her if she doesn't eventually get her medicine. Now is it OK to make her stand there and be a jerk?

Because a pharmacist in Idaho had no idea which woman was coming into her pharmacy to pick up methergine, a legally prescribed drug the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health says is most often used "to prevent or treat bleeding from the uterus that can happen after childbirth or an abortion." All she knew was the woman was a patient of Planned Parenthood, a place that provides women with abortions, yup, but also with prenatal and postpartum care.

So what did he do? Oh, you know what's coming. She demanded to know if the woman had had an abortion, and when the nurse followed federal laws protecting the woman's medical history, she refused to fill the prescription. Remember, this is a drug to treat bleeding, not one that causes an abortion. She got lucky; she didn't die. But her actions proved he didn't really care.

The case is now on its way to court, and I'm about 90 percent sure the knee-jerk reaction of some of the pro-life crowd will be a war whoop and some fist pumps. But wait a minute. This isn't merely a problem for those of us who are pro-choice and find it appalling thats he could have allowed a woman who had a legal abortion to die because she didn't agree with her.

She could just as easily have been treating a woman who just gave birth like she was a stain on humanity becauses he thought she had had an abortion. Did you read that? She thought. She assumed. And you know what happens when you "assume" something, don't you? You let a poor woman die.

I'm not being hysterical. In the United States, one in five women result in postpartum hemorrhaging, and although it's usually treatable, postpartum hemorrhage is the second leading single cause of maternal mortality in developed countries.

This story isn't about an American's right to feel uncomfortable with abortion. It's about a patient's right to good, fair, and equitable treatment by a health care worker who has taken an oath to "first do no harm." It's not about abortion at all. It's about humanity.

Does this woman deserve to be sanctioned for his actions?



Isobel - posted on 01/15/2011




logic would dictate, that if you are pro LIFE...you would give a woman medicine that she needs to LIVE

Ez - posted on 01/15/2011




This is a serious breech of ethics, and the pharmacist should definitely be investigated by their professional board.

This is something that has always bothered me about pro-life fanatics. If you are pro-life, how do you then justify shooting the abortion clinic's doctor? Is it only in-utero lives that are worth 'saving'? It doesn't make sense that these people make such spectacles of themselves while trying to prevent abortions, and then celebrate and idolise the guy who kills the clinic doctor and receptionist.

And please note, when I mentioned extreme pro-lifers, I was not referring to anyone here. I am talking about the ones who picket outside abortion clinics with their kids, with pictures of dead babies, while shouting abuse and Bible verses at the woman going in.

Sarah - posted on 01/15/2011




I am another pro-lifer that thinks this is appalling!
Letting a woman die contradicts everything pro-life is about!
This pharmacist is putting their personal feelings and beliefs into their profession! That is worth loss of license, and i think denying someone of their medication, knowing she would die just for a punishment is attempted murder, and should be legally dealt with as such!

Kim - posted on 01/16/2011




Some poor women end up going to clinics, that also perform abortions, for D&C's because their babies are dead. A miscarriage is technically called an incomplete abortion. Should we be punished too and not given meds we need because our babies died? She could have just as easily lost her baby and needed meds and then this jerk gives her a hard time!! He needs to go work in a free clinic for a few yrs!!

Krista - posted on 01/15/2011




Gah -- is the pharmacist a man or a woman? The pronouns are constantly being changed, and it's hurting my head.

In either case, the pharmacist was NOT in the right. Are all women who go in for Amoxicillin now going to be grilled by their pharmacists to make sure that their bacterial infection is not as a result of an abortion? It's regoddamndiculous, and it needs to stop now. Do your fucking job and fill my legally prescribed medication, or get into another line of work.


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Tracey - posted on 01/17/2011




Is there a charge of endangering life by refusing medical treatment? Whatever happened to the baby has happened whether miscarried, aborted or given birth to and nothing a pharmacist can do will change that. He / she is refusing to do their job thereby causing a woman pain and possible complications which could result in further medical intervention. Sack him / her and I hope the patient sues for emotional and physical distress.

April - posted on 01/16/2011




i take my son to gymnastics and it is right by an abortion clinic. every week, the same group of women are out in the same clothes with the same signs. Where we live right now...it's 15 degrees out on the majority of those mornings! Some people are really dedicated to their beliefs to the point of stupidity.

Sarah - posted on 01/15/2011




They give methadone to heroin addicts don't they? That's like saying hell no i'm against people using heroin lol

Stifler's - posted on 01/15/2011




It's really not even the business of the pharmacist. They give people phentermine for weight loss and all kinds of other meds that aren't good for people and don't object. She actually has no right to ring up the doctor and ask what it's for. That's breaching patient confidentiality.

Jodi - posted on 01/15/2011




It would be one thing to call my doctor and verify that the script was legal and legit. But no matter what illness or for what reason I was getting a prescription, controversial or not, I would be PISSED off if my pharmacist was asking my doctor WHY I needed this medication. I pharmacist fills the prescription, a doctor makes the decision to treat the ailment, a pharmicist has NO say in the matter short of warning me of possible risks associated with said medication or complications that could arise when taking in conjunction with anything else.

The pharmacist had absolutely NO right to even ask why she needed the medication, much less deny her potentially life saving treatment. I hope they yank his/her license and charge him/her with invasion of privacy, failure to uphold the hipocratic oath, or something.

Stifler's - posted on 01/15/2011




She is just a dickhead with too many views. just give her the medication. what a wanker.

Joanna - posted on 01/15/2011




Just reading this story infuriated me. I don't really know what to say, I'm dumbfounded that their are people in a medical field ready to let someone die because they didn't like their *possible* actions.

Becky - posted on 01/15/2011




A pharmacist's job is to fill your prescriptions and make sure that you know how to use your medication properly. And that's it. It's not the pharmacist's business why the medication was prescribed for you, that's between you and your doctor. A pharmacist has no business poking his or her nose in to why you're taking a particular drug. Yes, the pharmacist should definitely be punished.
and the writer of this article needs to proofread!

Bonnie - posted on 01/15/2011




Yeah is this pharmacist a man or a woman? I was trying to figure that out a few times. Although, I guess it really doesn't matter. Either way the pharmacist is an idiot and should lose his/her licence. All the pharmacist should be doing is filling the prescription and then telling the customer about the meds or the side effects. No where have I seen in their job description should they ask why they are taking those meds and if they do, so what, they shouldn't be interfering the situation with their beliefs.

Lacye - posted on 01/15/2011




It doesn't matter if the woman had had an abortion or had just had a baby. She needed those fucking pills and I hope the fucker who gave her a hard time loses his license, practice, and be forced to serve time in jail! He endangered that woman's health simply because he wanted to be a douche bag. I am pro-life, but if a person needed medicine to stop the bleeding, I wouldn't even care if they had had an abortion.

Krista - posted on 01/15/2011




Teresa brings up an excellent point: this isn't about pro-life, this is about PUNISHMENT. That pharmacist can't do anything about the woman having had an abortion (if that was the case). It's already a fait accompli. So his or her actions are based on nothing more than a desire to punish the woman for her assumed actions.

It's one thing to be pro-life. It's QUITE another matter altogether to think that abortion should be punishable by death.

Kerri - posted on 01/15/2011




Not only should they be severly sanctioned, but they should be required to volenteer in a clinic helping those who have to use clinics such as Planned Parenthood, which in some cases makes you a target just walking in the door.

Tara - posted on 01/15/2011




I find this writer has a problem with pronouns. It drives me nutty and I find I re-read things too often. It makes my head hurt too Krista. But as for the OP. I think he/she should be fired and made an example of.
he/she acted with their own opinions and values and not with professionalism.

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Ditto Katherine and Laura.

If she had an abortion, I think that sucks, but not giving her the pills to stop the bleeding won't change that and would end in TWO lives being lost. That isn't pro-life.... IMO as a pro-life person.

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abortion is an issue i'm kind of on the fence about. weather or not she got an abortion is noones buisness. the pharmacist should be delt with. you dont just let some one bled to death.

Amie - posted on 01/15/2011




She should lose her license over this. That is ridiculous. I can't believe she tried to demand information that was none of her business!

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The pharmasist isn't doing her job-period. Her job is not to question the REASON for needing the legal prescription. Her job is to fill the prescription per doctor's orders. Her job may be to question an illegally obtained script, or to question a script that may be dangerous in conjunction with other legally prescribed meds. The pharmasisit is off her rocker!

Rosie - posted on 01/15/2011




i do not understand why asshats like this get into any type of field where is will go against their beliefs. seriously twisted fucking logic, and he needs to lose his license.

Katherine - posted on 01/15/2011




I am hard core pro-life. That being said I would NOT have refused this woman help and let her bleed out.
Separate issues IMO.

Kate CP - posted on 01/15/2011




Hell yes, she deserves to be sanctioned. That's equitable to refusing emergency care. She should lose her damn license.

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