Trending #BoycottWalgreens after people say they were denied birth control pills and condoms
#BoycottWalgreens trended on Twitter after users shared stories of pharmacists refusing birth control and condoms with “moral objection” to their use.
Abigail Martin, creator of TikTok with nearly 900,000 followers, said in a video posted on her page earlier this month that a pharmacist told her he would not be renewing her birth control prescription and that she should call her doctor.
She said her doctor’s office told her she had four refills left and they weren’t sure why the pharmacy wouldn’t refill the prescription.
Martin said she then received two text messages from Walgreens about her prescription – the first saying it had been delayed and another saying it was out of stock.
Martin said she had run out of pills in the time that had passed.
Walgreens said in a tweet in 2018 in response to a question from a user that the company allows pharmacists to “refrain” from placing a prescription if they morally object, but must refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager to meet a patient’s needs in a “timely manner.
She said she called Walgreens, and another pharmacist told her she could refill her prescription. The pharmacist added that the pharmacy has had problems with women who have been denied birth control in the past two weeks.
“First they want us to stop getting pregnant and having abortions, and then they don’t want to help us prevent this pregnancy,” Martin said.
His video had nearly 4 million views as of Tuesday.
The Twitter outcry comes a day after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed a constitutional right to abortion. More than a dozen states moved to ban or severely restrict access to abortion following the High Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Some activists and lawmakers have also expressed concern that Roe’s overthrow could open the floodgates for other landmark cases to be struck down, such as Griswold v. Connecticut, which protects access to birth control.
The Hill has contacted Walgreens for comment.
A Twitter user said on Sunday that her co-worker relies on birth control pills for health issues, but Walgreens has refused her refill.
In addition to preventing unwanted pregnancies, the pill can also have positive effects for health issues like iron deficiency, infections, and certain endometrial and ovarian cancers, according to Planned Parenthood.
Another Twitter user named Nate Pentz said a cashier at Walgreens told his wife, Jess, that he wouldn’t sell her condoms because of her faith. The cashier offered to bring in a manager.
Jess filed a complaint with Walgreens, claiming the cashier embarrassed her in front of other customers for her personal choice.