Friday, July 27, 2007

It's a pharmacy, not a church.

From Broadsheet, I learn that Washington pharmacists are suing the state for their right to deny drugs of which they disapprove to patients of whom they disapprove:

Pharmacists have sued Washington state over a new regulation that requires them to sell emergency contraception, also known as the "morning-after pill."

In a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday, a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists say the rule that took effect Thursday violates their civil rights by forcing them into choosing between "their livelihoods and their deeply held religious and moral beliefs."

"The stakes really couldn't be much higher," plaintiffs' attorney Kristen Waggoner said.

Yes, the stakes are high, and here they are: if a woman is prescribed emergency contraception because, for example, she's been raped, she should not be denied the prescription by a holier-than-thou pharmacist who didn't care enough about God to take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, but does care enough to play the priest and condemn her to bear the child of her rapist, with all the mental, physical, social, and economic that promises, while the pharmacist continues on their merry way.

Unfortunately, while Washington has done right and told the part time priest pharmacist that they are no more entitled to deny a woman emergency contraception than a firefighter is allowed to ignore a burning abortion clinic, Georgia has done wrong, passing a "conscience" law and allowing the pharmacist at your local Target to minister from the counter, your life, health, and well-being - not to mention your mortal soul - be damned.