Ed Schweppe (edschweppe) wrote,
Ed Schweppe

Good news regarding pharmacists and birth control prescriptions

As starcat_jewel noted the other day, the right-to-life/anti-choice movement is opening a new front in the abortion wars: having pharmacists refuse to provide contraceptives because they find them immoral - the so-called "conscience clause" idea, as pushed by outfits like Pharmacists for Life.
Today, CNN reported that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has approved an emergency regulation requiring all pharmacies to fill birth control prescriptions quickly:
"Our regulation says that if a woman goes to a pharmacy with a prescription for birth control, the pharmacy or the pharmacist is not allowed to discriminate or to choose who he sells it to," Blagojevich said. "No delays. No hassles. No lectures."
Under the new rule, if a pharmacist does not fill the prescription because of a moral objection, another pharmacist must be available to fill it without delay.
Good for him! A pharmacist who refuses to fill a prescription on "moral" grounds is, IMNSHO, in entirely the wrong line of work.
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