Thursday, April 13, 2006

They're at it again.

First we have pharmacists who won't fill prescriptions for emergency contraception. Then they won't fill prescriptions for birth control pills. Now apparently they also won't fill prescriptions for post-abortion antibiotics or for pre-natal vitamins prescribed by a woman's health center that also happens to do abortions.

Check out the scary story here.

It seems to me that there's a really good opportunity here for pharmacy schools to step up and take a stand on this. If they were to state that they will no longer graduate anyone who would refuse to fill a prescription for so-called "moral" reasons it would be a pretty powerful voice in this debate. Of course it's not an immediate fix, but over time as people retire you would eventually weed out everyone who thinks they can play god by refusing to dispense necessary medications.

In fact, to be really effective it could be taken one step further and have the accrediting agency for pharmacy schools declare that it won't give the necessary accreditation to schools that don't teach their students that they can't deny women their medications just on principle.

Of course, you could argue that the fact that the need for any action at all is ridiculous and people who want to play god should become ministers and not pharmacists, but that would be picking on the poor, opressed Christians and heaven forbid we do that!

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