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Walmart uses Georgia ‘conscience clause’ to refuse woman’s miscarriage treatment

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A Georgia woman is accusing Walmart of taking advantage of state law to refuse to fill out prescriptions helping her and others deal with miscarriages.

WGXA-TV reported that Brittany Cartrett was turned away while seeking a prescription for Misoprostol at her local store.

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Her doctor recommended she take the drug after she miscarried about five weeks into her pregnancy, enabling her to avoid undergoing a more invasive procedure. But Misoprostol can also be used with Mifepristone to end a pregnancy in its early stages. She suspects that it was for that reason that the store refused her prescription without providing a reason.

While she was able to obtain the medication somewhere else, she brought the issue up again when visiting the store to fill out a separate prescription.

“She looks at my name and she says ‘Oh, well, I couldn’t think of a valid reason why you would need this prescription,'” Cartrett said. “I tell her my reasons for needing it, and she says ‘Well, I don’t feel like there is a reason why you would need it, so we refused to fill it.'”

A pharmacist for the store, Sandip Patel, told WGXA that under state law, pharmacists are able to turn down prescriptions. A Walmart spokesperson said the company encourages its pharmacists to “use their professional judgement” on a case-by-case basis.

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According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the Georgia law, which states that pharmacists “shall not be required to fill a prescription for an emergency contraceptive drug,” is part of some states’ response to the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade verdict legalizing abortions.

“The issue is expanding as pharmacists are refusing to fill emergency contraception and contraception prescriptions,” the NCLS stated. “This movement resulted in the term ‘conscience clause,’ which gives pharmacists the right to refuse to perform certain services based on a violation of personal beliefs or values. Most of the debate revolves around a pharmacist dispensing emergency contraception.

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Cartrett shared her story online, saying she felt like the pharmacist was judging her — and thus, refusing to help her — because of a negative view of abortions. She also told WGXA that she has been contacted by women in similar circumstances who have also been turned away.

“I’m not going to see that pharmacist, I’m going to see a doctor,” she said. “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?”

Watch WGXA’s report, as posted online, below.

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Orange County teens busted for singing obscure Nazi song while giving Hitler salutes

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Nearly a dozen high school students from Southern California delivered Nazi salutes and sang a Nazi marching song in a video posted on social media.

The video was uploaded to Instagram by one member of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, along with lyrics to the song played for German troops during World War II, reported The Daily Beast.

A spokesperson for the Garden Grove Unified School District told the website administrators learned of the incident in March, four months after the video was posted, but declined to say whether any of the students were disciplined.

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Former US ambassador to Denmark torches Trump’s Greenland plan on CNN: ‘I laughed until I cried’

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Rufus Gifford, who previously served as the United States' ambassador to Denmark under former President Barack Obama, told CNN's John Berman that he can't believe President Donald Trump really thinks he can buy Greenland.

During a CNN interview Monday, Berman asked Gifford what his reaction was to the president publicly discussing his desire to do a "big" real estate deal with Denmark to buy Greenland.

Gifford did not respond positively.

"Honestly, I saw the Wall Street Journal headline when I was bound for Copenhagen," he said. "Like most people, I thought it was a joke. Reading more, it became confirmed. I shook my head, as I often say, many times as I've heard about Trump's foreign policy decisions, I laughed until I cried."

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Appearing on CNN on Monday morning, the head of the Federal Election Commission had harsh words for President Donald Trump for continuing to push election fraud accusations, saying their investigation found absolutely no evidence to back up the president's claims.

Speaking with host John Berman, Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat who had been nominated in President George W. Bush's administration, got right to the point.

"Facts matter," Weintraub said of the president's accusations that he continues to repeat at his rallies. "And people of America need to be able to believe what their leaders tell them. It is damaging to our democracy to spread information that as you yourself just described as baseless."

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