Walgreens Assures On Birth Pill Policy

Jan 23, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico advocacy groups say Walgreens won't allow individual pharmacists' personal religious beliefs to prevent customers from filling birth control prescriptions.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico announced Tuesday that Walgreens told the ACLU and the Southwest Women's Law Center that the company will take steps nationwide to make sure customers received prescriptions regardless of employees' beliefs.

The announcement comes after an Albuquerque Walgreens pharmacist last year refused to fill the birth control prescriptions for two women due to his religious beliefs. The ACLU said that Walgreens pharmacists in Georgia and Alabama last year also refused to sell men emergency contraception.

Michael Polzin, a spokesman woman for the Illinois-based company, told the Associated Press that Walgreens is reiterating to employees the company's current policies.