Minn. Woman Sues After Being Denied Emergency Contraception.


A Minnesota woman is suing two pharmacies after she was denied emergency contraception.

Andrea Anderson said she tried to get a prescription for the drug filled at a Thrifty White Pharmacy in McGregor, where she lives. The pharmacist turned her down, reported the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Anderson said the pharmacist told her he was not comfortable filling the prescription.

"I then realized what was happening," Anderson said. "He was refusing to fill my prescription for emergency contraception because he did not believe in it."

Anderson, a 39-year-old mother of five, was also turned away from a CVS in the town of Aitkin about 20 miles from her home. She was finally able to get the prescription filled at a drugstore 50 miles away.

Anderson's lawsuit, Anderson v. Grand St. Paul CVS, was filed on her behalf by Gender Justice, a St. Paul-based group. The legal action was filed in Aitkin County District Court and asserts that both pharmacies discriminated against Anderson on the basis of sex and that the pharmacies' refusal to give her the drug violates the Minnesota Human...

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