14-Year-Old Girl Denied Renewal of Lifesaving Prescription Due to Arizona Abortion Law

A teenage girl from the city of Tucson, Arizona, has been denied refills for a life-saving prescription drug within 48 hours of Arizona abolishing abortion under its new law, according to her doctor. law.

The 14-year-old girl, a patient with debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, had been prescribed the immunosuppressant methotrexate to combat the pain and symptoms of her disease.

But she was denied a refill of the drug after Arizona rolled out its new anti-abortion law on September 24, on the grounds that the drug can also be used to terminate ectopic pregnancies.

The girl’s doctor, Deborah Jane Power, took to Twitter in a post that has since gone viral, claiming the teenager was denied the drug because of her gender.

“Welcome to AZ. Today a pharmacist refused MTX refill for my teenage patient. She is taking 5mg/week to prevent the production of AHCA antibodies. MTX denied just because she is female , barely a teenager. Livid! No discussion, just denial. Now let’s fight for what’s best for this pt (sic),” Dr. Power wrote on Twitter.

She added that the girl was her first pediatric patient to be denied medication on these grounds, according to a report by KOLD news.

The doctor told the local TV station that the teenager had worked hard over the years to bring her pain to a “totally manageable” stage and was now able to go to school.

Arizona banned almost all abortions last month under a new law that prohibits people from seeking medical termination of their pregnancy after the 15th week.

The teen’s mother also spoke to KOLD TV about the improvements her daughter had seen with the drug and how the family are now worried about having to look for alternative drugs.

“It’s her freshman year and she’s in high school and it’s like a dream. She is not in a wheelchair, she has a social life and friends for the first time and a life that all young people should have,” the mum said.

She said even a 24-hour wait between the drug being refused and a new prescription being approved was a source of anxiety for the family.

“I was scared, I was really scared,” she said. “I think if they deny this we will have to find another drug and we don’t know if it will work.”

The teenager’s doctor said his concern was with the pharmacist not wanting to risk ending up in a battle between the state and those seeking the drug.

She added that the pharmacist chose not to renew the drug because it can be used for an abortion.

The report adds that the pharmacy that denied the drug said its goal was to provide drugs that comply with applicable pharmacy laws and regulations.

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