Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Pharmacist Choice

We talked about this on the air today and I found this tonight. This makes more sense to me than anything I have seen so far.

When a Fenton, Missouri, Target store pharmacist refused to fill a customer’s perfectly legal emergency contraception prescription recently, insisting that it was her “right not to fill it,” it got me to thinking. Now, she must have entered the profession voluntarily—we never hear of any “pharmacy-school gulags,” where innocent young people are forced to go into the trade. Nothing I could read suggested that she had hung up her smock immediately after this non-transaction in a bold commitment to faith over salary, either.
No—what she was clearly saying was that it was her right to dispense what medications she chose to whom she pleased, based on her own personal convictions, and still continue to be licensed and employed.
To this point, Target seems to agree; I have not read anything to indicate that our legal authorities are inclined to get involved, either.
So, since our Constitution guarantees us all equal rights under the law—and also doesn’t elevate religion above other personal belief systems—we must assume that from here forward, the primacy of personal beliefs over job descriptions has been established, and conduct ourselves accordingly.
And what the heck—while we’re at it, let’s pursue this notion to its logical extremes, and get some good done in the process.
Alcohol’s destroyed a lot more lives than abortion has. So here’s a way to solve that problem AND keep those darned Islamic fundamentalists busy, so they’re not out terrorizing people—they could be manning the counters of America’s liquor stores instead! “I tell you truly, spirits are forbidden to the faithful. Try instead these delicious fruit drinks; also, we carry ample stores of tea and honey!”.......

We might even be able to insist that some zealous nut who didn’t want to do her job should be channeled into some other line of work.

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Anonymous Democat said...

This emergency contraception may be considered birth control by some or a very early abortion by others. Some people would probably classify an IUD as the latter as it doesn't prevent conception, but prevents the zygote from implanting in the womb. I don't believe in using abortion as birth control, but as both the "morning after pill" and the IUD stop a pregnancy within days, they're a lesser evil. Besides, these women don't even know whether they've concieved or not at that point. Basically, I dislike abortion as an option for unplanned pregnancies more as the embryonic/fetal development progresses. It is much better to terminate a pregnancy in terms of this and the mother's health in the first few days.
Certainly, it is a good idea to do this, also, in cases of rape, incest, and where the mother's health/life would be threatened. If a pharmacist sells any kind of birth control he/she should sell the emergency contraceptive, too.
I am so sick of the idjits who look at "God's" words in Genesis "Be fruitful and multiply." when there were no people to speak of and apply them to modern times. That includes The Pope, who, although, he is usually a good man, is celibate like other priests and does not have to worry about making babies he can't afford to raise. (Now, I'm going to the hot place, for sure. :-( )

4:34 PM, November 03, 2005  

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