I agree. I would have no problem, if Target had on staff, on the same shift at all times, another pharmacist willing to provide the prescription. If not, that's when I have a problem. However, I don't see how target can maintain this stance without enduring quite a few problems.

This is most disturbing to me, because I live in a red state already where it is often hard to guage which pharmacies will fill what. I count on chains sometimes, because I know them to be safe and reliable. This really hit home.

The Happy Feminist

I know what you mean. I always figured even if Jim's Local Pharmacy refused to dispense birth control, women could always find the nearest national chain -- but that's not something to take for granted apparently. I thought those big box stores were supposed to be good for something!

The cashier at your local grocery story is a recovering alcoholic (or married to an alcoholic) can the cashier refuse to sell you a six pack of beer based on the belief that alcohol is evil?

The cashier lost a relative to lung cancer. Can the cashier refuse to sell you cigarettes?

Both scenarios raise the same question, without the added implications of the pharmacist interfering with the physician/patient relationship. If the pharmacist has problems fulfilling a physician's orders due to moral beliefs, the pharmacist should be looking for a new occupation. It is not the pharmacist who is to make the choice as to what is or is not appropriate medication for a patient. There is an underlying assumption that the pharmacist is filling the prescription for birth control. However, birth control medication is also prescribed for other reasons.


It would be ideal to have another pharmacist on site at all times to fill all prescriptions. However, there is a great shortage of pharmacists today and there is a lot of competition between pharmacies to higher them.

As a nurse I have never been called to administer a med that might cause an unborn baby to die. If I was asked to I would refuse. I really can't think of a situation where I would be unless it would be in an ER.

I really don't see you guys having any respect for that pharmacist's beliefs. Instead you think he should get another job. So, Christians who are pro-life shouldn't be pharmacists? That will help with the pharmacist shortage. I know two Christian pharmacists in my area. I guess they should just get another job. That is silly. If this is such a big problem than don't go to that pharmacy where you know there is a Christian working. I live in a dot on the map town and we have 5 pharmacies in 10 mile radius. We haven't had any complaints of women not being able to get their birth control. Just have a little respect for someone who is willing to stand up for what he believes in. I think that the pharmacist that you were talking about is refusing to fill RU 486 or the morning after pill. That is different than the birth control pill that is sometimes prescribed along with acne medication.

I think the guy in Missouri did the best thing that his conscience would allow and directed the lady to another pharmacy. I think the people complaining about this need to chill. Not everything is fair in everybody's eyes.


Re: Response above.

I have no respect for someone who doesn't do his job.

He's not making ANY statement of his beliefs, he's judging the women getting her prescription. Judgements have no place in the matter, christian or not. Besides, doesn't the bible say a thing or two about making judgements?

Just sayin......


I'm worried about the precedent set if pharmacists are forced to dispense a certain product. The place of business should get to decide what it will and will not stock. Heck, if they wanted to avoid selling ANY contraceptives (not just the abortifacient ones), they would be well within their rights. Then it's up to the customer to decide whether to continue shopping there or take his/her business elsewhere.

The bookstore at my college didn't sell CLIFF'S NOTES, PLAYBOY, or contraceptives. Some hollered, "CENSORSHIP!" when it was nothing of the sort. It's only censorship if they prevent you from obtaining those items elsewhere.

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The Happy Feminist

Bmmg39 --

I don't think you have said anything inconsistent with my post. The business has a right to decide what it will sell. But consumers like me have a right to decide not to shop at that business if we don't like its policies.

I know that there have been some who have favored legislation to force pharmacies to dispense contraception, including emergency contraception. That's a different issue, and I haven't taken a position on that (yet). I have some libertarian leanings so my tendency is to want to leave the decision up to the business, but I haven't thought the issue through yet.


Zan, if you have five pharmacies in a 10-mile radius, that really doesn't speak to a pharmacist "shortage." Dispensing medications legally prescribed by a doctor to a patient is the job of the pharmacist. Unless there is a drug interaction, it is their job to merely fill the 'scrip and move on, and yes, that includes birth control. This has nothing to with them standing up for their beliefs-- if they were taking a stand for their beliefs, THEY would be willing to suffer (by losing their job, or not pursuing a career in pharmacy), and not force ME to suffer by refusing to dispense my pills. I simply don't see why *I* have to suffer for their beliefs.

HF-- I think I agree with your libertarian leanings... I look forward to any future posts you write about this issue.


I just wanted to let you all know that I was wrong about RU486 being EC. I got confused with another drug. I did change my opinion slightly and it is at Crystals blog Biblical Womanhood. Sorry about the mess up. I'm not going to rewrite what I wrote there, here. So if you are interested in my change of heart you can read it there.

Yes there is a pharmcist shortage. It is not as bad as the nursing one. Most of the people you see behind the counter of pharmacies are techs. They have to work shifts and there is not a draw in the career of pharmacy for a lot of students. The length of schooling is 5 or 6 yrs and a lot of students figure they will just go on to be a MD (more interesting and more pay). I used to talk to the pharmacist I worked with at the hospital and he told me all this. I'm not making it up for the fun of it.

I can't believe you consider not getting a prescription filled immediately as "suffering." I was on PO Zofran awhile back and my pharmacy didn't routinely carry it because it is a very expensive med. I was irritated but understood why. It is a common anti-nausea med used in chemo patients. So, I threw up for a few days until the med came in. I wouldn't call what I did "suffering." I call it life and I call it 'tough.'People starving in Africa and being killed for religious beliefs are the ones who are "suffering." Sometimes I wish Americans would just suck it up and take it like a man.


The Happy Feminist

Hi Zan!

For some reason I missed your original comment and I've been out of the loop on Crystal's blog lately because I just haven't sat down to open up a blogspot account yet (will remedy that shortly!)

I've got some comments in response but I'm running out the door. Thanks for weighing in though!

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