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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Abortion, DeLay and Medieval Pharmacists

An Idaho abortion law was overturned by an Appeals Court, and the Supreme Court yesterday refused to intervene. The Supreme Court will let the Appeals Court ruling stand: the “emergency” provisions of the Idaho law were too strict. The law would have required parental consent for anyone under 18 to get an abortion, except in cases of “medical emergency.”

OK, so the upcoming battle over the next Supreme Court nominee isn’t red-hot enough yet; let’s throw a little more gasoline on the fire. At this rate we’re gonna have to call in the National Guard to keep order during the next judicial hearing. Oops — that’s right, we can’t; they’re all in Iraq…

Just when you think you already know how sleazy and two-faced Tom DeLay is, more filth keeps oozing into the media. In 1988, Mr. Sanctity of Life Himself was faced with the same life or death decision as the Schiavo family. His father had been injured in a tram accident and was near death. After doctors told the family that the father would remain in a vegetative state, the DeLay family made the painful decision to end life support. (Note: In this case DeLay wasn’t surrounded by TV cameras and sanctimonious politicians.)

DeLay later filed a successful lawsuit against the manufacturer of the faulty machine part that caused his father’s accident. Yes, this is the same Tom DeLay who has constantly pushed for tort reform, reduction in product liability, and has gone on and on about evil trial lawyers and “frivolous, parasitic lawsuits.”

And now, even the Wall Street Journal has condemned DeLay in an editorial. A milestone! At this point he’s almost reached the Albatross stage, where his opponents are hoping he’ll stay and be an embarrassment to Republicans.

What’s the difference between a pharmacy and the Spanish Inquisition? No, this isn’t a riddle — I'm asking. In a 21st century version of the Scarlet Letter, some pharmacists are refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control and morning after pills, on “moral” grounds. Hey Asshole, you’re a pharmacist!! Either do your job or get the F%$# out of there. If you’d rather be a preacher, go preach.

What’s next, a fireman who thinks fire is God’s Will and it’s not Man’s place to intervene?

If you think pharmacists should be filling prescriptions instead of trying to be High Priests or Grand Inquisitors, please sign This Petition.

Check out Brother Kenya's post from yesterday on this same subject.


Blogger Brother Kenya said...

Tom, great post. DeLay will be doing the Gingrich Waltz before long.

I signed the NARAL petition and have already received an auto-reply from Wal-Mart saying that they allow their pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for personal reasons, as long as they help the customer find another pharmacist. Can you believe that? How do you spell B-O-Y-C-O-T-T? Oh right, I already boycott Wal-Mart!

By the way, thanks for the link too!

March 29, 2005 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Brother Kenya: I hope DeLay goes soon. Even if he becomes an albatross to conservatives, he's still to dangerous and too crazy to be in a powerful position.

I got that same response from Wal-Mart. They probably don't think there's much public awareness of this issue. There isn't yet, but hopefully that'll change.

March 29, 2005 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Great post, Tom. I've already heard back from Eckerds and Walmart. Eckerds was a simple acknowledgment the email was being forwarded to customer care. (What a stupid misnomer THAT is. But, I digress). Eckerds was sold by JCPenney's last year to CVS pharmacy.

Here's my response back to Wal-Mart.

"I appreciate your response. Walmart's policy will prevent me from filling prescriptions there. Personal convictions swing both ways. Thank you."

Completely unrelated, you've made me laugh out loud two posts running. Thanks for the snide levity. Also, blogger is running like completel crap today. I hope they get this fixed soon...

March 29, 2005 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jet: I got several of those boilerplate responses too. I hope this issue gets more publicity so these pharmacists are forced to choose between their "moral" convictions and the bottom line.

I appreciate your leaving a comment even when Blogger is slow. It can be really maddening when you're sitting there waiting and waiting for the Comments section to appear.

March 29, 2005 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Erik said...

What's WalMart? Oh that store where ugly cheap people shop to help drive America into the toilet because all the profits go into one family's pockets and all of the manufacturing money goes to China?

Oh yeah.

Tom DeLay should, if there were a God, have been smote down a few dozen times by now. And then he should be autopsied to find out how he stayed alive for so long with that hard little nugget of black coal for a heart.

Its been a while since I stopped by, I will have to get you in my Feeds! Good post!

March 30, 2005 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Johnny Huh?: That's a good summary of Wal-Mart and Tom DeLay. Who needs 'em?

March 30, 2005 at 6:13 PM  
Anonymous The Bastard said...

Great post it inspired me to put a little piece up at Bring It On.

March 31, 2005 at 2:46 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

"MallWart: your source for cheap plastic crap."

April 1, 2005 at 10:55 AM  

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