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Friday, June 09, 2006

Spanish Inquisition: Coming to a Pharmacy Near You

The Far Right’s favorite new Trojan Horse — this bogus issue of “pharmacists’ rights” — is gaining ground. It’s been under the radar lately, but it’s moving closer. And don’t think you’re immune from it just because you live in a blue state or a large city.

Washington is one of the most liberal states in the country. The governor and both senators are Democrats. Seattle is one of America’s fittest and best-educated cities. And just a few days ago, a statewide anti-gay-rights initiative didn’t even get enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

It couldn’t happen here, right?


The Washington State Pharmacy Board has voted to allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions that violate their “morals.” It could be birth control, the emergency “Morning After” pill, or anything else that might offend the pharmacist’s sense of decency.

AIDS medication? “Get your queer ass away from this counter!” Medication for cervical cancer? “You brought this on yourself, you cheap slut!”

These holier-than-thou pharmacists need to find another line of work if their religious “convictions” are more important than the job they’re being paid for. A patient who needs a medical prescription filled should not be forced into a Kafka-esque maze of IF, MAYBE or “You FS#%$#!$%#!!”

Fortunately, the Access to Legal Pharmaceuticals Act is being considered by the House and Senate. Please click here to ask your senators and your representative to support this bill.

Enough is enough.


Blogger Mike V. said...

can you believe this crap??

"sorry, grandma, but I believe in a holistic cure for your aching joints, no pain killers for you!"

there should be no "pharmacist rights".
they signed on to do a fucking job, fucking DO IT!!

what if one of our admins at work suddenly decided that he's had enough of Microsoft and said he would no longer support their OS??

he or she would be fired!

June 9, 2006 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mike: Yeah, it's pretty hard to believe. I don't know of any other occupation where the employee's "moral convictions" are a higher priority than getting the job done. It shouldn't be any different for pharmacists.

If they pull shit like that, they should be fired and forced into the priesthood.

June 9, 2006 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

Mike, I was thinking about pain killers as I read the post. Yes I do have to use them. I hope my pharmacist is never offened by this. On some days I don't function real well without them.

God Bless America, God Save TheRepublic

June 9, 2006 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

David: Yup, that's the trouble. If pharmacists get this power, it won't be just that wayward woman who just wants birth control so she can have promiscuous sex with every stranger she meets. Painkillers, AIDS medicine, syringes for diabetics -- you name it -- there'll be some self-righteous pharmacist who decides it's "just not right."

June 10, 2006 at 12:34 AM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

You know, if you don't like to show your ass, don't get a job as a pole dancer.

This bullshit really needs to be nipped in the bud.

June 10, 2006 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jolly Roger: Yup, that's as good an analogy as any I've heard. Being a topless dancer who doesn't want to take her top off. Etc.

I don't know why pharmacists of all occupations should be exempt, but the Religious Right seems to think so. I'm a male hooker and I hate queers, so I shouldn't have to, uh, this is getting kind of personal, uh...

June 10, 2006 at 1:12 AM  
Blogger Aunty Ism said...

Thanks for making this issue up front and real. The people requesting medication have morals with which they have lovingly dealt in their own way.
No woman wants to kill her baby. No woman will accept the dictate that she must do, what she is told, by someone who holds no consequence to the effects of the decision.

June 10, 2006 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Aunty Ism: You're right, everybody has their own morals and deals with them as they see fit. Nobody has the right to impose their own convictions on someone else.

June 10, 2006 at 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Cassandra said...

What the hell? This is absolutely absurd.
This is like allowing a person who works at McDonalds to refuse service to an overweight person "for their own good." Ok, maybe it's not exactly the same, but you know what I mean... If you don't like it, don't work at McDonalds! Or be a pharmacist. UGH.

June 11, 2006 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Cassandra: Yup, it's absurd. I don't know of any other job category where a person can decide which customers he'll wait on and which ones can just go take a hike. I certainly never had a job like that. Those pharmacists should have been ministers if their "morals" are so important to them.

June 11, 2006 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger The Cranky Insomniac said...

Seems to me pharmacists have the ultimate right: to stop being pharmacists if dispensing legal drugs offends them.

Last time I checked the pharmacists union didn't have a draft...

This isn't Russia. Is this Russia?

June 13, 2006 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Cranky Insomniac: Yup, that's it. Nobody was ever forced to become a pharmacist. If the job doesn't conform to somebody's "morals," that person is free to find another job that does.

June 13, 2006 at 1:02 PM  

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