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Feb
08

Missouri Considering Law Redefining Morning-After Pill So Pharmacists Can’t Be Sued If They Refuse To Dispense It

Obviously, I hope this bill doesn’t get much traction. According to this article in the The Kansas City Star, a reproductive rights advocate says 26 percent of women in Missouri already live at least 30 miles away from a pharmacy that does not carry Plan B, or the morning-after pill. Perhaps they live in the boonies, but still… The bill would simply make it harder for pharmacists to be sued if they refuse to fill a prescription for Plan B if the pharmacy in which they work carries the drug.

No where in the bible does it tell people to prevent others from having an abortion. God and jesus never said, “And thou shalt prevent thy neighbor from ending or preventing a pregnancy!” A pharmacist should check their personal beliefs at the door when practicing their medically-significant profession. If we all went about our day forcing our beliefs onto those with whom we have professional relationships, we would be the land of oppression and intolerance rather than freedom and liberty.

I will never use the pharmacies at CVS because, years ago, they refused to fire a pharmacist who would not fill birth control prescriptions. And, I really only ever want to go to Chick-fil-a on Sundays when the damn place is closed due to religious doctrine. If their chicken biscuits and coleslaw weren’t so tasty – I’d never go! It’s about consumer activism and I try my best. But, I have to say, not getting birth control at CVS is a really easy boycott as opposed to trying to buy NOTHING from China. I’ve tried. It’s a bitch!

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3 Responses to “Missouri Considering Law Redefining Morning-After Pill So Pharmacists Can’t Be Sued If They Refuse To Dispense It”


  1. 1 amy
    February 20, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    See, this is another instance where the fundamentalists are just plain wrong. If a person doesn’t want to sell legal prescriptions because of their religious beliefs, they shouldn’t be in that business.
    It’s like, Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t think we should have blood transfusions, so why would one of them choose a nursing career?

  2. December 30, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    The pendulum is swinging way too far toward the comfort of communism.

    Once you open that door, all kinds of things can walk through it. Not only that, but the opportunity for silencing those who oppose such open views grows as well as we saw in the Arizona lawyer mess. The AZ Bar Association wants to prohibit any lawyer who believes homosexuality is wrong from being able to act on that belief. It’s a complete 180 from what the founding fathers envisioned:

    http://beetlebabee.wordpress.com/2008/12/29/faith-forbidden/

  3. January 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    i think any time the right is afraid of a pro-left position, they are too quick to throw around red-flag words like communism. we are no where close to communism and won’t be. it takes a logical argument into the hysterical stratosphere limiting productive discourse.

    that said, are lawyers in arizona allowed to refuse the services to people of religions they find abhorrent? are they allowed to refuse service to people of specific genders or race? not likely. homosexual discrimination is becoming widely accepted as on par with these other forms of discrimination. would jesus turn away a homosexual? not likely (i’m agnostic, btw)

    as far as pharmacists and prescriptions, birth control is a medical service. personal beliefs have no place in the professional provision of health services. if you do not believe in birth control, don’t take any. pharmacists should not be allowed to exert their will on others. again, the bible does not instruct followers to control the lives of others. christians have become so misguided regarding the instruction of their holy text.


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