Apr 18, 2005
In the last six months, at least 180 pharmacists have refused to fill prescriptions that were medically and legally correct. Most of these refusals were against women with prescriptions for birth control, or to deal with miscarriages or abortions.
Suddenly pharmacists, supported by a right-to-life group called Pharmacists for Life, are dispensing their so-called moral values rather than the prescriptions they were hired to fill. As reported by Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman, ten states allow health care professionals to refuse to provide contraceptives. Twelve states allow doctors to refuse sterilizations. In all but three states, doctors can refuse to perform abortions. In supposedly liberal Maryland, legislators just refused to make pharmacists provide the morning-after pill available without a prescription.
Nor are pharmacists and doctors alone in trying to impose their morals on one half of the human population. The hypocrites writing a contract for one of the strongest unions left in the U.S. agreed to pay for Viagra but NOT for birth control pills – don't even mention abortions.
Every one of these attacks aims at stopping women from controlling their own lives and their own bodies. Every one of them aims at imposing a particular religious point of view, no matter who disagrees with it. Every similar attack that succeeds pushes women back toward a time two centuries ago, when women were considered chattel, and nothing else.
Let them get their filthy minds off our bodies!