Monday, July 31, 2006

If You Can't Stand the Heat

This article on the movement among pharmacists on the religious right to refuse to fill birth control prescriptions is a little old, but since it is still going on, it is important to know about.

The debate, so far, seems to revolve around a woman's right to have her prescriptions filled against a pharmacists right to honor his religious beliefs. To which, I have to say, you knew that pharmacists dispensed birth control before you got the training. If you don't want to do that, you should have gone into some other line of work. I don't see many vegetarians working in slaughter houses or atheists with clerical collars!

You chose the profession. Now practice it.

3 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

Exactly! And I'd bet not many of these pharmacists who are getting squicky about filling birth control or emergency contraceptive prescriptions are having the same qualms about filling Viagra prescriptions...

Melli said...

Amen Granny! It's like a teacher refusing to teach science because it contradicts the Bible!

Zan said...

Or a doctor refusing to treat a patient with AIDS because they 'brought it on themselves.' Yeah, these people annoy me. And I've yet to hear a report of a man being denied any medication, period. I worry about this, because why would they stop at BC? Maybe they won't give me my anti-depressants because they think I should just pray more? Or they won't give me my pain medication because they believe I'm becoming addicted? Or because suffering builds character? Ignoring the fact that my pain makes it impossible for me to function or my depression makes me suicidial. Those things don't matter, it's all about being able to live with their conscious. So my dead body wouldn't bother them, but handing me a bottle of pills would.