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Christian pharmacist refused to fill prescription for woman who was having a miscarriage: lawsuit

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A complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is alleging that a pharmacist employed by chain store Meijer refused to fill a prescription on religious grounds for a woman who was undergoing a miscarriage.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan resident Rachel Peterson went to the emergency room this past June and learned that she had already miscarried one of the twins she was pregnant with — and was told that the other twin was a molar pregnancy, and would thus fail to come to term.

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Weeks later, after the second fetus died, she was advised to take the drug misoprostol, which can be prescribed to help miscarriages along more quickly.

She called in the prescription to the Meijer in Petoskey, Michigan, where she and her husband were staying for a weekend getaway. Shortly after calling the prescription in, however, she got a call back from the pharmacist informing her that he would not fill it.

“He said that he was a good Catholic male and that he couldn’t in good conscience give me this medication because it’s used for abortions, and he could not prescribe that,” she explained to the Detroit Free Press. “When I divulged to him that the fetus was no longer viable, and that … I needed to progress the situation further, he said, ‘Well, that’s your word and I don’t believe you,’ and he refused to fill it.”

The pharmacist even refused to transfer the prescription to another local pharmacy, which forced Peterson and her husband to drive three-and-a-half hours back home to their local pharmacy to get it filled.

Peterson and the ACLU are asking Meijer to discipline the employee for refusing to fill her prescription, as they allege that the exact same drug prescribed to a man for the treatment of stomach ulcers would not have been denied.

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WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.

A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.

The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.

"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."

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Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report

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Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.

"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."

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Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report

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The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.

"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.

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