NAMPA -- A new Idaho law enacted in 2010 is designed to protect medical professionals by allowing them to refuse health care services that conflict with their religious, moral or ethical principles.
But Planned Parenthood says a Nampa pharmacist acted in the wrong and was not protected by the law when she refused to fill a prescription. [...]
The prescription at the center of this is methergine. It’s used to prevent bleeding after childbirth or after an abortion.
In November, a Planned Parenthood nurse called this Nampa Walgreen's for a methergine prescription.
According to Planned Parenthood, the Walgreen's pharmacist asked if their patient had an abortion.
The nurse says she cited federal patient privacy laws and refused to answer.
"The pharmacist said, 'Well, if you're not going to tell me that and she had an abortion, I'm not going to fill this prescription.' And then our practitioner said, 'Why don't you tell me another pharmacy that I can call or another pharmacist that can dispense this medication for my patient?' And the pharmacist hung up on her," said Kristen Glundberg-Prosser of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.
Planned Parenthood called the pharmacist's actions dangerous.
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