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3.4.05

For those who have followed the debate over pharmacists who refuse to sell women contraceptives based on "personal convictions."
CHICAGO -- Governor Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois issued an emergency rule yesterday that would require pharmacies to accept and fill prescriptions for contraceptives without delay, after a growing number of complaints nationwide that some pharmacists are refusing to dispense birth control pills and the ''morning-after" pill. He also established a toll-free number that residents can call to report refusals by pharmacies. Reproductive rights groups heralded the action.
From here.

This was a courageous move. The wackos right now may be a minority, but they are just ... louder. Basically, pharmacists refusing to sell something that is legal because they don't personally agree with it...what if a pharmacist is a Christian Scientist, who doesn't believe in any type of medication, just prayer? Can they refuse to fill a penicillin prescription based on their "personal convictions?" I wonder how, once it starts, you control what types of "personal convictions" are sufficient and which aren't?

(Oh, and in case you wanted another reason to hate WalMart, "Our pharmacists may
decline to fill a prescription based on personal convictions.")

6 Comments:

  • At 3:09 PM, Blogger Eden said…

    I couldn't believe when this shit started. If you refuse to do your job b/c it conflicts with your "mroal" beliefes, you have two options: (1) change your beliefs or (2) get a new job.

    Bill Maher said on "Real Time" this week that there's a new "silent majority," unlike the one Nixon referenced in the late 60s/early 70s. Maher talked about the 80+% of Americans who disagreed with politicians getting involved in the Schiavo circus and with the view they pushed. Is that majority truly silent or is no one listening?

     
  • At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Desmodus said…

    So will we be looking forward to the day when Halliburton is forced to stop ripping off the American taxpayer to the tune of millions (billions?) of dollars because its employees refuse to work because their conscience won't let them engage in fraud and theft? Nah, I didn't think so.

     
  • At 6:45 PM, Blogger Me said…

    Eden, I agree with you. Your job isn't to judge other peoples medications or prescriptions. I didn't hear Bill Maher, but I agree with that.

    Desmodus, Never underestimate greed, I guess.

     
  • At 11:27 AM, Blogger Dennis! said…

    In the event some woman finds herself pregnant because her pharmacist refused to fill her prescription for a morning-after pill, she should sue the pharmacist for the cost (and emotional distress) associated with an abortion. In the alternative, she should sue the pharmacist for the cost of raising the child through age 18, or at least for a part of that cost.

     
  • At 11:52 AM, Blogger Alli said…

    I don't know. I can understand how someone can morally object to a particular part of their job, and can want to find an employer who will not require them to perform that part of the job.

    What scares me is that there is currently no back-up system for pharmacists who don't want to offer birth control - the equivalent of the county emergency room that is required to help anyone. I would guess Planned Parenthood does not have enough coverage to reach everyone who might be affected.

    What *angers* me is that men would NEVER have this problem. Can you imagine debating about whether or not condoms would be sold? No, for pete's sake, Medicare covers Viagra. The inequalities are outrageous.

     
  • At 10:12 PM, Blogger melyssa said…

    at a previous job my employer wanted me to go out and buy beers for the guys on fridays.

    i found a new job.

     

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