A Minnesota pharmacist went on trial Monday after he was accused of violating a “woman’s human rights” by refusing to fill an emergency contraceptive prescription, sometimes called the morning-after pill.
It is expected that a Minnesota jury will reach a verdict by the end of this week over the question of whether or not a woman’s human rights were violated when a pharmacist declined her request to fill a prescription.
A legal case under the Minnesota Human Rights Act claims that in January 2019, Andrea Anderson, a mother of five, went to the only pharmacy in McGregor to purchase the morning-after pill after a condom broke during sex, as reported by NBC News.
“She acted quickly because any delay in obtaining emergency contraception increases the risk of pregnancy,” the outlet reported citing the complaint.
According to the complaint, George Badeaux, who had worked at the McGregor Thrifty White drugstore for decades, refused to fill Anderson’s prescription because he believed doing so would go against his “beliefs.”
Badeaux told Anderson to have another pharmacist fill it the next day, provided that person could make it into work despite the snowstorm.
Then, Andrea drove back and forth 100 miles in the winter to get her prescription filled in Brainerd, Minnesota, per the complaint.
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Because the case is filed under the state’s Human Rights Act, Aitkin County District Judge David Hermerding said Badeaux cannot raise federal constitutional issues such as freedom of religion at the trial.
“The issue for the jury is not defendant’s constitutional rights,” the judge wrote. “It is whether he deliberately misled, obfuscated and blocked Ms. Anderson’s path to obtaining” emergency contraception.
Badeaux will be allowed to explain his religious beliefs to the jury, the judge ruled, “but not in such a manner as to confuse the jury into thinking this is a religious freedom contest.”
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