Give Pharmacists the Right to Choose
America: land of the free, home of the brave. We are a country built on the notion that each of us has ‘certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’ The ability for each of us to form our own beliefs and to live according to them is central to what makes us who we are.
From time to time, however, two people’s rights will come into direct conflict. A situation that presently plays out several thousand times a year is a conflict between pharmacists and women seeking birth control. Namely, pharmacists are claiming the right to refuse women the so-called ‘morning-after’ pill on moral grounds. On the other side of the debate are women who feel that they have a right to the medical care they seek, provided that such care fits with their morals.
National Public Radio reported on April 3 that a ‘growing number’ of pharmacists are pushing for a ‘conscience clause’ that would allow them to refuse emergency contraception