Walgreens sparks uproar, reveals it allows pharmacists to step away from filling scripts due to ‘moral objections’

Walgreens is catching major flack from the perpetually outraged on Twitter over a reasonable policy — employees have the right to “step away from filling a prescription for which they have a moral objection.”

The particular tweet from Walgreens that has generated such wrath comes from 2018, but with the Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, it has been singled out as prompting a new #BoycottWalgreens trend on Twitter.

Rumors of the boycott began with the emergence of anecdotal stories about women being denied birth control. One user posted a picture of a box of Enfamil baby formula, saying that she received the package after purchasing a pregnancy test at Walgreens. The makers of Enfamil have denied the poster’s unsubstantiated claim that it used customers’ data from Walgreens.

Then there was the story posted by 21-year-old Abigail Martin to TikTok earlier this month, in which she recounted the horrors of her experience at a Walgreens pharmacy. Upon trying to refill her birth control prescription, which she had been dutifully taking for six years, Martin alleges that an employee at the store refused to provide her with the contraceptives she had ordered. Naturally, her first response was to produce a TikTok video and share her personal business with the entire world.

@abigailmartiin i am so beyond pissed at our country right now. #roevwade #prochoice #womensrights #birthcontrol #vanlife ♬ original sound – Abigail Martin

It wasn’t long before #BoycottWalgreens started to trend, with the account “Occupy Democrats” writing, “Walgreens is hit with a wave of boycotts after it’s revealed that employees are permitted to refuse the sale of condoms and emergency contraceptives to customers because of ‘moral objections,’ meaning religious bigotry,” and asking followers to retweet the message.

The retweets began immediately, and many of them were about as unhinged as could be expected.

But, as radio host Joe Pags pointed out, the irony of leftists boycotting Walgreens—or any business—over the unwanted imposition of ideological litmus tests before allowing a purchase to go through is rich indeed.


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