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Conscience clauses give pharmacists the right to refuse to perform certain services if it violates their religious or personal beliefs or values. Most conscience-related policies focus on the pharmacist dispensing emergency contraception. Emergency contraception is used to disrupt fertilization or ovulation, not terminate a pregnancy, and is a general term used to describe several different types of birth control pills that are used in increased doses within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse.
An Arizona woman’s Facebook post went viral after a Walgreens pharmacist refused to fill her prescription for medication to end an inviable pregnancy.
Declining to fill a prescription on the basis of moral beliefs is not against Walgreens’ company policy.
Arizona and five other states permit pharmacies and pharmacists to refuse medication on the basis of religious or moral grounds.