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Thursday, December 01, 2005

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 Pharmacy disciplines pharmacists who balk at contraception

Walgreens says it has put four Illinois pharmacists in the St. Louis area on unpaid leave for refusing to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception:
The four cited religious or moral objections to filling prescriptions for the morning-after pill and "have said they would like to maintain their right to refuse to dispense, and in Illinois that is not an option," Walgreen spokeswoman Tiffani Bruce said....

The licenses of both a pharmacy and that store's chief pharmacist could be revoked if they don't comply with the Illinois rule, Bruce said....

I think this is entirely reasonable. If a person has moral objections to their job, then they should find another job. Contientious objectors, for example, don't refuse to fight a war after enlisting: they don't enlist in the first place. Moreover, Walgreen even gives them an out:

Walgreen policy says pharmacists can refuse to fill prescriptions to which they are morally opposed — except where state law prohibits — but they must take steps to have the prescription filled by another pharmacist or store, Bruce said.

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