Baldwin County Walmart refuses to fill woman’s prescription
Pharmacist at store believed woman who miscarried wanted an abortion-inducing medicine
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — This is why I strongly oppose conscientious objection laws.
Last week, a woman who was having a miscarriage was denied a prescription for Misoprostol, which can also used to induce abortions.
“So we made the decision to not do a D&C and to get a medicine. So he said I’m going to give you this medicine, you’ll take it, and it will help you to pass naturally so that you don’t have to go the more invasive route”, said Brittany Cartrett.
The doctor’s office called the Milledgeville Walmart to fill the prescription but they were told no and they were not given a reason.
“So we found another place to fill it but I still had to go up there to get another prescription so when I went up there she asked if I had 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,” said Ms. Cartrett.
WGXA Fox 24’s Chace Abrose spoke off camera to Wal-Mart pharmacist Sandip Patel who said he was aware of the situation and also said that pharmacists have the ability to turn down prescriptions at their own discretion.
Mercer University Law Professor Zac Buck verified that the ability to turn down prescriptions based on personal beliefs has been a law in Georgia since July 1, 2000 – that law wasn’t talked about in the Augusta and Savannah media at the time, due to the coverage of South Carolina’s ban on video poker, the Confederate flag compromise and the legalization of a state lottery – all of which took effect the same day as this law.
WGXA Fox 24 also contacted Brian Nick at Walmart’s corporate office in Bentonville, Ark. who stated, “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”.
Ms. Cartrett said, “It’s very frustrating because who is the pharmacist to make that decision. I understand that they go to school for a very long time for that job. They do a residency just like a doctor does, but I’m not going to see that pharmacist, I’m going to see a doctor and if its because of that due to the conscience clause I think its called, then what other decisions are they making based on our health and our needs by not giving a prescription to someone who may or may not need it.”
Ms. Cartrett told WGXA Fox 24 since posting her story on social media she’s had several people message her who were in similar situations, one of whom had to go to five different pharmacies before she could get her medication – all because of the fact that anti-choice pharmacists who have no business being behind the counter in the first place refused to fill her medication and refused to refer her to a pharmacy that could fill it.
Mr. Buck said some states like Wisconsin have an addendum to the law that Georgia does not have which encourages pharmacies to have pharmacists on call that will fill prescriptions when others at the same facility refuse.
Georgia Admin. Code § 480-5-.03 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 …
The Carolinas have the exact same law as Georgia’s.
Kershaw County woman dies during Palmetto Marathon just one inch from the finish line
COLUMBIA — A Kershaw County woman passed away after she collapsed in front of everyone during a marathon this weekend.
Amanda Peake Glover, 32, of Elgin, collapsed just one inch from the finish line of the Palmetto Marathon. She was taken to Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.
She did not make it, as this Facebook status from Fitness 535 Gym states:
“Today we lost a friend, a sister, a niece, an aunt, a wife, a mother, and a daughter…but what we lost, The Lord gained for his Kingdom. Please keep Benji and her children and family in your prayers. We don’t always understand these things in our small earthly minds, but trust that God is in control. We love you Amanda and can’t thank you enough for what you’ve brought into all of our lives.”
Mrs. Glover was a mother of four children.
The Richland County Coroner’s Office has yet to release any official findings on what caused her death.
Meanwhile, the friends Mrs. Glover leaves behind are still reeling from the news of her demise.
“It’s like a part of me is gone and I don’t understand it,” said Mrs. Glover’s childhood friend Nikki Campbell said. “I don’t know if I ever will.”
“When there’s no reason, it’s just hard to accept,” said Mrs. Glover’s friend Tonya Edgerton. “I mean I still walk around and think somebody’s going to tell me that this is not true, that it did not happen, because it’s not supposed to happen to people like that.”
In addition to being a co-owner of Fitness 535 gym in Elgin, Mrs. Glover was also a property manager for Peake Properties.
“She met every goal she ever set for herself,” said a family member early Sunday. “That was just how she was. Her ultimate goal was to be a great wife and mother. She surpassed those goals. Not only did she finish, but she finished well! Beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and friend.”
In addition to her children, who will not be identified by Aiken Area Progressive, Mrs. Glover is survived by her widower, Benjamin Walker.
Woman charged with domestic assault on a male after Yadkinville stabbing
HAMPTONVILLE, N.C. — A 35-year-old woman was arrested for a domestic assault on a male on Sunday.
Yadkin County Sheriff’s officers said that the suspect stabbed her boyfriend with a butcher knife as he was walking away from the home to cool off. The couple had been arguing prior to the stabbing, officers added.
The stabbing victim was found with a knife wound in the back at a Hamptonville convenience store.
Patricia Jolene Blevins, 35, of Hamptonville, was arrested Sunday by the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office and charged with assault on a male intimate partner with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Ms. Blevins was held under a domestic no bond pending a Wednesday court appearance, and she could face even more charges at that time, officers said.