Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Druggists refuse to give out pill AND they may get away with it

USA TODAY, November 09, 2004

By Charisse Jones

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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This article was published on March 18, 2004.

By Matt Franck

JEFFERSON CITY - Pharmacists in Missouri who oppose abortion could refuse to fill prescriptions for "morning-after" birth control without risking their jobs, under a bill that many say signals a new battleground in the fight over reproductive rights.

The Missouri bill is one of more than a dozen filed across the country in the past few years that seek to protect pharmacists who object to the increasingly popular form of emergency contraception. Critics of the measures fear that they could keep rape victims from getting the drugs quickly enough to prevent pregnancy.

National debate on the issue has intensified in recent weeks after three pharmacists in Texas lost their jobs for refusing to dispense the drugs. Just this week, another pharmacist came under fire in Wisconsin for blocking a woman's effort to refill her birth control prescription.

Sen. John Cauthorn, R-Mexico, told members of a Senate committee Wednesday that his legislation is designed to protect those pharmacists with enough "semblance of character to protect the right of the unborn."

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St. Louis Post Dispatch

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At 12/11/04 07:38, Blogger Viscondessa said...

Now, about getting that Portuguese citizenship...


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