Walgreens hit by boycott calls amid claims of birth control sales hassles

Walgreens has issued boycott calls over alleged incidents involving pharmacists and clerks blocking customers attempting to acquire contraceptive products.

Calls for a boycott multiplied on social networks on Monday after an article published by The rostrum of stars earlier in July, a Minnesota woman named Jessica Pentz detailing a Walgreens employee reportedly refused to sell her condoms based on a religious objection. The incident is said to have happened over the July 4 weekend, when Pentz visited a store while vacationing in Wisconsin with her husband Nate, who later share a denial account on Twitter.

Pentz told the Grandstand that the clerk, who she says was called “John”, told her he couldn’t “sell those” because of “what [his] faith demands.” The store manager was then called in to close the sale, while the salesman reportedly walked away with “a smirk.”

A Walgreens spokesperson reportedly told the newspaper that “Company policy allows team members to refrain from entering into a transaction to which they have a moral objection and to refer the transaction to another member of the team or to a manager who will process the client’s request”.

Walgreens has been hit by calls for a boycott following incidents involving company employees who allegedly refused to sell birth control products to several women. The exterior of a Walgreens store is pictured in Mill Valley, California on January 6, 2022.
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“Well shit, looks like I’m withdrawing all my prescriptions from Walgreens,” tweeted Amanda Siebe, former Democratic candidate for Congress from Oregon. “Boycott Walgreens”

“Well, I’m joining this boycott,” actress Michaela Watkins tweeted in response to a tweet from Occupy Democrats about the Walgreens boycott call. “Not acceptable. Women are not cattle. We don’t belong to you. #BoycottWalgreens”

Alongside the Pentz incident, a recent TikTok video of a woman named Abigail Martin also sparked outrage. Martin claimed that a Walgreens employee who had two chains crossed around her neck refused to fill her birth control pill prescription and lied about the reasons for doing so, including falsifying her prescription records to make it appear that she was out of refills.

While the order was finally carried out when she spoke to another person at Walgreens, Martin denounced the attempted denial and linked it to the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn the landmark law case. to abortion. Roe vs. Wade.

“When I told her why I was there, my birth control, she looked me up and down and said, ‘Hmm…’ She then said, ‘Yeah, we’re not going to refill that prescription. “, says Martin in the video. “So first they want us to stop getting pregnant and having abortions, but then they don’t want to help us prevent this pregnancy.”

“Obviously the #BoycottWalgreens started with this INSANE story of how a pharmacist went to all sorts of schemes to deny this woman her contraceptive refill,” Clara Jeffery, editor of Mother Jones, tweeted. “Not only *refused to do it personally* but apparently lied about medical records etc.”

Walgreens has also come under fire over suggestions the company allegedly tracks customers who purchase items such as pregnancy tests and uses that information in apparent marketing efforts.

“This thread is amazing #BoycottWalgreens @Walgreens”, writer Tara Dublin tweeted while sharing a series of tweets from a woman claiming she received an unsolicited box full of Enfamil formula after buying a pregnancy test at a Walgreens store.

Walgreens has previously said it will expand its “existing travel reimbursement benefits” to help pay for “any medical, surgical, mental or addictions benefits” after the Supreme Court struck down federal abortion right protections in canceling deer last month, according to Insider.

However, the company has also donated $496,700 to anti-abortion political action committees since 2016, according to an analysis published by Popular Information just after a draft notice leaked about the decision to rescind the plans. federal abortion rights in May.

Newsweek contacted Walgreens for comment.


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