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.
Our policy allows pharmacists to step away from filling a prescription for which they have a moral objection. At the same time, they are also required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager on duty to meet the patient’s needs in a timely manner.
— Walgreens (@Walgreens) June 25, 2018
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.
Dear @Walgreens I received this package today a week after purchasing a pregnancy test at your store. I was asked to take the test by my doctor despite having no Fallopian tubes. 1/X pic.twitter.com/EZTsTPf7jd
— Nicole (@melancholynsex) July 17, 2022
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.
BREAKING: 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. RT IF YOU SUPPORT THE CALL TO #BoycottWalgreens !
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) July 18, 2022
If you support the call to #BoycottWalgreens now that you know that Walgreens employees are permitted to refuse the sale of condoms and emergency contraceptives to customers because of “moral objections,” meaning religious bigotry — please retweet and follow us!
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) July 18, 2022
The retweets began immediately, and many of them were about as unhinged as could be expected.
Now you know what it’s like to live in a country that controls your every move, no prescriptions for birth control, can’t buy condoms, women allowed to bleed almost to death, total strangers being paid to tell on women, GOP now pushing for one Religion! Help! pic.twitter.com/5JvbAsn4I3
— TexasJD 🐝 🐝🐝 (@Democracy_DMV) July 19, 2022
I have a Walgreens just blocks from me,
But because of my beliefs that everyone should be served equally no matter what your beliefs or who you are, and they don’t,
I will not be using Walgreens any longer. #BoycottWalgreens
— Gary 🏳️🌈🌊 (@GayresisterGary) July 18, 2022
I wondered how this turned out. Walgreens is trash. #BoycottWalgreens If @Walgreens reserves the right to refuse my money for legal products based on the religion of their employees, I’ll just keep all my money out of Walgreens. Already moved my RX. https://t.co/jnGSlyWcC1
— ButWhyyy💙💛🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@NeedsARefund) July 18, 2022
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.
remember when the woke applauded pharmacies refusing to fill ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine Rxs? Now they want to #BoycottWalgreens over the very same thing? These hypocrites can kiss my ass.
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) July 19, 2022
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