Sunday, March 12, 2006


This article once again makes me extremely angry. A pharmacist is a person who takes a doctor's prescription, determines that it's not going to conflict with the patient's other medications, and provides the medicine prescribed. If a pharmacist has a religious objection to common medicines, then that person ought to find another career, because refusing to provide prescribed medicine on any grounds other than the conflicting medications problem is NOT ACCEPTABLE.

And this paragraph made me see red: For example, a pharmacist at a Seattle hospital in May refused to fill a woman's prescription for antibiotics because it came from a facility that provides abortions. The pharmacist cited religious objections, Luftig said.

That pharmacist should be fired and banned from the business. The pharmacist didn't do his/her job, and as a result could have easily endangered someone's life. Heck, I would go so far as to say that such a pharmacist is a criminal and ought to be treated as such. Some jail time for endangering a patient through criminal negligence, maybe.

Just as any pharmacist who refuses to dispense the morning-after pill ought to pay child support if their actions result in a baby being born. If they think they have a moral right to force someone to have a baby, then they also have a moral obligation to provide for the upbringing of the child. If you're going to force someone into childbirth with your actions, you really ought to be forced to help raise the result.

And as long as I'm talking about forced childbirth, let's talk about South Dakota. Perhaps the religious idiots in that state should be forced to contribute to a fund to help all the mothers who would've had abortions. If they are truly "pro-life" then they should have no problem contributing to the raising of the child they are so desperate to see enter the world.

They aren't, of course. "Pro-life", I mean. They don't care about kids and whether or not they live or die. The anti-abortionists are mostly out to control women and prevent them from having all that naughty sex. I suspect they are jealous when anyone gets more sex than they do. If they were truly pro-life, they would educate women instead of punishing them, and create a social net to protect babies instead of ignoring them once they got out of the womb.

Ok, enough ranting. But should any pharmacist deny me medicine for "religious reasons", I will do my level best to get that pharmacist fired. Because, frankly, if you can't do the job, then you shouldn't be a pharmacist.

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