|Pharmacists join the battle
||[Apr. 26th, 2005|04:07 pm]
Medical Practitioners for Reproductive Choice
X-posted for convenience. |
So, pharmacists can now refuse to fill prescriptions for contraception and the Morning After Pill if their moral conscience so dictates, and four states have now passed laws upholding this lunacy (and 12 more states are thinking about it.) Meanwhile, other states like IL and AZ have passed recent legislation stipulating that pharmacists MUST fill all prescriptions, regardless of their beliefs (and several pro-life organizations in those states are appealing this legislation even as I type this). The same debate, taken to a new level, fought on different turf.
Some pharmacists have even gone so far as to lecture the poor woman trying to get her prescription filled, or refused to give the prescription back to the woman so that she could get it filled elsewhere (especially cruel if the woman was trying to get the Morning After Pill and therefore missed the 72 hour deadline).
Here are some links for you:
Pharmacists' Rights at Front Of New Debate (washingtonpost.com)
Ariz. Gov. Nixes Contraception Refusals
Pharmacists' job is to fill prescriptions --This is a brilliant op-ed that I couldn't agree with more.
How about don't go into a profession that involves something you disagree with! Can you imagine any other job with this happening? My MIL said that some anesthetists refuse to give drugs to women having abortions. I think they should be fired. Can you imagine if they started picking and choosing what surgeries they felt were morally okay and thus would provide their services for? Yuck.
To quote Leonard Pitt:
"I mean, what's next? Can the clerk at Blockbuster refuse to rent R-rated movies because he objects to explicit language? Can the vegan who works at McDonald's refuse to take orders for Big Macs? Tobacco kills 440,000 Americans a year. If I work at 7-Eleven, can I refuse to sell Marlboros?
Of course not. So by what right do these activist pharmacists get to impose their morals on the rest of us? And by what logic do lawmakers legitimize their ability do so?
There's no moral puzzler here, folks. In fact, the solution is real simple. You don't like what the job requires? Fine.
Get another job."
I think, as a member of the nursing community, that if a doctor prescribes it, then the pharmacist should fill it. The doctor knows best, it is not the pharmacists place to decide whats right or wrong for a patient.
If a doctor, or midwife, or nurse practitioner prescribes it ;-)
But yeah, that is totally between the health care provider and the patient, and no one else's business. The whole right-to-privacy thing. Now that John Roberts has been confirmed, and another confirmation still pending, I wonder how long it will last...
YeS!!Thanks for pointing that out to me:) Anyone who can prescribe medications should be trusted to do whats best! It's really sad that pharmacists refuse ANY meds. WHATS NEXT? Refusing HIV medication because you think the guy/girl may have done something immoral?!