Monday, May 02, 2005


"Imposing" our morality? Or living it?

SAEN columnist Maria Anglin explains why pharmacists should shut up and check their moral qualms at the door. No surprise: it's all about her.
Add to that individual hang-ups about the responsibility of motherhood, a woman's own handle on her biological clock and society's need to guilt the childless and you've got enough issues to fill even the largest pharmacy waiting room.

Considering all this, going on the pill — or taking steps needed for emergency contraception — is pretty brave.
Got that? It's not brave for a pharmacist to stand on moral principle and possibly endanger his livelihood by refusing to fill a prescription...the brave one is the woman daring to take The Pill!

It's interesting to analyze the arguments being made on this issue by people such as Anglin and Leonard Pitts. First, watch them work as hard as they can to focus on birth control pills and not the morning-after abortion pills which are now coming on the market. Note the subtle phrase inserted above, "or taking steps needed for emergency contraception". While a case can be made for moral objection to both, it is obvious that abortion pills are an order of magnitude more objectionable than birth control pills. So, to obscure that, they will refer whenever possible to birth control pills. Once they get activist judges to enshrine the right to force pharmacists to dispense birth control pills, they count on abortion pills to fall down the slippery slope as well.

Second, they have a need to address the obvious free market solution for people who find their prescription turned down for moral reasons: go to another drug store!
That might not be such a big deal in a large city where one can throw a fit and take one's business elsewhere, but it's definitely a big deal in a small town where pharmacy competition is nonexistent and throwing a fit will only get a woman thrown out of the store.
How small does a town have to be to have only one pharmacy? And how many Americans seeking birth control pills find themselves in that situation? Is it not obvious that the vast, overwhelming majority of women who find a birth control prescription turned down can quite easily go down the block and find a pharmacy which will fill it?

This issue is not about "brave" women being unable to fill birth control prescriptions. It is about suppressing the right of Americans to live out their morality in their everyday lives...including their jobs.
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