ACLU NM: Walgreens affirms birth control policy

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm •  Published: January 23, 2013
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The company will provide training to store personnel to ensure they understand of the policy, Walgreens said.

Michael Polzin, a spokesman for the Illinois-based company, told The Associated Press that Walgreens is reiterating to employees the company's current policies and will work to clarify its current policies with pharmacists.

The advocacy groups said Tuesday that they were satisfied with the company's assurances.

"We applaud Walgreen Co. for their good faith efforts to ensure that women are not refused medication because of an individual employee's religious beliefs," said ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson. "Individual pharmacists certainly have a protected right to exercise their religious beliefs, but those beliefs cannot cause a company to discriminate against its customers."

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