Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Walgreen's Did The Right Thing

From lots of sources, in particular AP in the form of CBS News we find that "Walgreen Co., the nation's largest drugstore chain by revenue, said it has put four Illinois pharmacists in the St. Louis area on unpaid leave for refusing to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception in violation of a state rule." This is the first hint of a turnaround in what was becoming a nationwide trend of pharmacists refusing to fill contraceptive prescriptions. It was getting scarier and scarier -- and still is.

The disturbing part, still, is that Walgreen's makes it clear that it is only state law impelling this decision. They are ready to let the pharmacists back to work, if you call refusing to fill prescriptions work, in another state without such a law.

Addendum: (I keep doing that, don't I?) Over at Blogging Baby (via BitchPhD), Sarah suggests that you take those kids who aren't so welcome in other adult locations to your local we-don't-have-to-fill-that-contraception-prescription-if-we-don't-approve pharmacy for play time. This whole line of thought had lots of potential. It's also a good place for women to hang out in the latter stages of pregnancy, one can walk colicky babies in the aisles, and generally spend as much quality time as possible there. After all, we know they are child friendly, right?

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