Pharmacists? Maybe. It Depends.
The governor of Illinois has issued an emergency rule requiring pharmacists to fill all birth control prescriptions. This is the result of the increasing complaints about pharmacists refusing to fill birth control prescriptions because of “moral” objections. This rule also establishes a toll-free number for reporting pharmacists who refuse to comply.
This emergency rule takes effect immediately and will last 150 days. Hopefully, a permanent version of the law will be passed during this period.
It’s too bad they need a law to spell out the obvious. But if too many pharmacists are confused about what their job entails (filling medical prescriptions) and doesn’t entail (a Bible lesson), then the obvious needs to be spelled out.
Usually the offending pharmacist will refer the customer to another pharmacist who’s willing to do his/her assigned job. But there have been cases where the pharmacist not only refuses to provide the medication, but holds onto the prescription as well. Assholes like that should be locked up for a looong time.
There are no federal laws requiring pharmacists to fill prescriptions. Four states — Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia and South Dakota — have laws specifically allowing pharmacists to refuse prescriptions. Eleven states are considering laws to allow pharmacists to shirk their responsibilities; and California, New Jersey and Missouri are considering laws to require pharmacists to earn their salaries by performing their jobs.
You wouldn’t go to a church and ask the minister to fill your medical prescription; and you don’t expect a pharmacist to refuse your prescription while giving you a sermon. What’s complicated about this?