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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

 
Druggists refuse to give out pill

Tue Nov 9, 6:54 AM ET
By Charisse Jones, USA TODAY

For a year, Julee Lacey stopped in a CVS pharmacy near her home in a Fort Worth suburb to get refills of her birth-control pills. Then one day last March, the pharmacist refused to fill Lacey's prescription because she did not believe in birth control.

"I was shocked," says Lacey, 33, who was not able to get her prescription until the next day and missed taking one of her pills. "Their job is not to regulate what people take or do. It's just to fill the prescription that was ordered by my physician."

Some pharmacists, however, disagree and refuse on moral grounds to fill prescriptions for contraceptives. And states from Rhode Island to Washington have proposed laws that would protect such decisions.

Mississippi enacted a sweeping statute that went into effect in July that allows health care providers, including pharmacists, to not participate in procedures that go against their conscience. South Dakota and Arkansas already had laws that protect a pharmacist's right to refuse to dispense medicines. Ten other states considered similar bills this year.

The American Pharmacists Association, with 50,000 members, has a policy that says druggists can refuse to fill prescriptions if they object on moral grounds, but they must make arrangements so a patient can still get the pills. Yet some pharmacists have refused to hand the prescription to another druggist to fill.

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What's sad to me about this whole controversy is I know every one of those objecting pharmacists sees themselves as some sort of holy martyr for unborn babies everywhere. If only their martyrdom would manifest itself in concrete ways like supporting funding for child welfare services or, better yet, step right up and become a foster parent. There are many unwanted, already born children who could use help but it seems easier for some religious zealots to get all in your face about what a woman does with her own freakin' eggs. Sadly our current political climate makes it likely that we'll be hearing even more horror stories.

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