Monday, June 23, 2008

Prophylactics Prohibition

Pharmacies. Back in the day, drug stores (as my mother likes to call them) served as watering holes for neighborhoods and communities. Think back like Andy Griffith: you could get a malt shake and aspirin in the same space (unless you were Black). They have obviously evolved as has the practice of pharmacology. Its ethics, rules and principles have been under growing scrutiny over the past five years (at least) because of pharmacist refusal conflicts. Policies regarding pharmacist refusal vary from state to state. When Plan B (name brand), or emergency contraception, became widely available over-the-counter, a gaggle of incidents arose nationwide where pro-life pharmacists refused to fill prescriptions for EC, birth control, or permit access to Plan B (which literally has to be handed over the counter). Further, independent stores refused to carry it altogether and some even refused to tell women where else they could go after refusing to hand it over in the first place. According to their sloppy science, contraceptives are a form of abortifacients, thus their moral and ethical compasses will not permit them to enable a woman to murder another human being.

(Yeah, I know.)

So anywho, while the crazy fem ladies battled it out in state after state to ensure that pharmacies were filling prescriptions regardless of how the dispenser felt, some pharmacists got the bright idea to open their own drug stores. Fire me for refusing to do my job? I'll show you CVS. I'll start my own damn pharmacy.

And these new pharmacies have everything you would expect, except any form of contraception including condoms. Viagra? Yes. Condoms and oral contraceptives, no. (Good luck rape victims, cuz they sure as hell don't carry Plan B.)

Some people could miss this blip in their regularly scheduled lives, but the reality is that huge forces are at play in dictating how you access medicine that has been safely prescribed to you by a medical professional. You think you live in a free society, where the world is your oyster? Think that the Middle East is the only place women are subjugated? Think again, because these pro-life pharmacies are coming to a town near you.

Wanna learn more or take action? Start here, here or here.

1 comment:

Dominus said...

Why is it subjugation when a business owner decides that he doesn't want to carry a certain product?