Friday, November 09, 2007

Washington EC Law Overruled By Federal Judge

From the AP story on pharmacists who want to refuse prescriptions:
A federal judge has suspended Washington state's requirement that pharmacists sell "morning-after" birth control pills, a victory for druggists who claim their moral objections to the drug are being bulldozed by the government.

In an injunction signed Thursday, U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton said pharmacists can refuse to sell the morning-after pill if they refer the customer to another nearby source. Pharmacists' employers also are protected by the order.
The key problem I have with these moral objections is they are being applied very selectively and advocate for allowing workers to impose their morals onto general citizens. To me they are demanding the right to discriminate with no concern for the medical implications of their refusal.

If a woman dies during a pregnancy that could have been prevented with EC that isn't the pharmacist's concern even if the woman had a pre-existing medical condition which made pregnancy dangerous.

To me the underlying issue isn't that EC is incorrectly viewed as abortion, the issue is moral judgments about those who seek EC.

Once pharmacists get to reject one drug for moral reasons, they must be given the right to reject prescribing all drugs -- even those which keep patients alive. Morals don't limit themselves to birth control.


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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:11 AM   1 comments links to this post


At November 09, 2007 12:30 PM, Anonymous Kali said...

I wonder if a lawsuit can be filed alleging discrimination from this law. The law *is* discriminatory in that it targets only those prescriptions that are required by women alone. It is women's health that is selectively put at risk.


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