The girl’s mom says he objected due to “personal beliefs.”

A 13-year-old in Albuquerque was prescribed an IUD to treat menstrual issues when other forms of birth control didn’t work, according to Yahoo! Beauty. Her doctor also prescribed her an anxiety medication, a pain reliever, and the hormone misoprostol, which softens the cervix to make IUD insertion easier. But when her mom went to Walgreens to fill these three prescriptions, the pharmacist allegedly agreed to fill the first two but said he couldn’t give her the misoprostol because of his “personal beliefs,” telling her to try another Walgreens.

The mother, known as M.S. in two complaints filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and the Southwest Women’s Law Center, told the Albuquerque Journal that she began driving to another Walgreens before turning around to protest the pharmacist’s decision. She told him that “he was discriminating against me, that he should be ashamed for judging us, that he didn’t know my daughter’s medical history or her complications or conversation with her doctor. That he didn’t know what the medication was for,” she said. “And he just looks at me and says, ‘Oh, I have a pretty good idea.‘” He may have been referring to the fact that misoprostol can induce abortions.

In June of 2012, another Walgreens pharmacist refused to give a woman named Susanne Koestner birth control pills, the Albuquerque Journal reports. As a result of her complaint, the store agreed to fill prescriptions for birth control — and everything else — “as efficiently as other prescriptions without imposing any burden on the customer.”

However, a Walgreens representative told Yahoo! Beauty that its policy lets pharmacists “step away from a transaction to which they may have a moral objection.” But it also “requires the pharmacist or other employee to refer the transaction to another employee or manager on duty to complete the customer’s request.”

The ACLU’s complaint points out that traveling to another pharmacy can be difficult for many people, particularly those without cars or other nearby options. It also asks Walgreens to prevent this from happening again.

“Religious liberty does not mean the right to discriminate against others,” it reads. “Walgreens should take reasonable steps to accommodate employees’ religious beliefs and practices, but it cannot do so by imposing additional discriminatory burdens on women.”

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