Meijer has responded to a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of MI, regarding an Ionia woman who was denied a prescription at the company's Petoskey pharmacy to help her body respond to a recent miscarriage.
The ACLU said in a press release that the pharmacist refused to do so, requesting Meijer to investigate the situation, and to implement a policy ensuring patients have access to all medications they are prescribed.
Peterson also says Kalkman refused her request to speak to a different pharmacist or a manager, or have the prescription send to another pharmacy.
When Peterson told the pharmacist that her OB/GYN found no signs of viability from the fetus, which confirmed an early pregnancy loss, he accused her of lying and said "that was just [her] word".
"When you're at one of the lowest moments in your life, you don't expect this sort of demeaning treatment", Peterson said in a statement. She says he cited his religious beliefs.More news: Jose Mourinho in scuffle on return to Stamford Bridge
When she was unable to fill her prescription in Petoskey - where she and her husband were vacationing - Peterson said she had to drive more than three hours south to her home in Ionia.
A MI pharmacist who allegedly denied a woman medication to help with her miscarriage is no longer working at the pharmacy, Meijer said in a statement.
Earlier this year, an Arizona woman said a Walgreen's pharmacist wouldn't give her a prescription to end her pregnancy for ethical reasons.
She and her husband were in northern MI in July following the miscarriage of their twins.
A Meijer spokesperson told the Press that their policy requires pharmacists with moral objections to filling prescriptions ask another pharmacist to step in, or else transfer the prescription to another pharmacy.More news: Banksy implies shredding of $1.4M painting was incomplete
"This was a really traumatic, awful thing - and on probably one of the worst days, worst moments of her life", Merissa Kovach, a policy strategist with the ACLU of MI, told Fox News.
"I wanted to make sure people are aware of this because I had no idea".
Meijer Pharmacy does have a policy that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex.
Meijer is a privately owned company with almost 250 supermarkets and 200 gas stations in the Midwest. The ACLU of MI is demanding Meijer implement a policy that ensures all pharmacy customers receive their medication without undue delay regardless of the personal beliefs of its pharmacists. They did not say if he was sacked, citing privacy laws. "However, our procedure requires the prescription to then be filled by another pharmacist in the store", Meijer said in a statement. "If no other pharmacist is available, the pharmacist must consult with the patient to arrange for the transfer of the prescription to another pharmacy that is convenient to them". "If you, who call yourself a Christian, decided that you could not do this, then you needed to pass it off, as the law states, to somebody that could fill it". Fewer than half of US states do, according to the National Women's Law Center.More news: Meghan Markle Reveals Her First Job & It's Totally Relatable