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Solon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 12:56 PM
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60. No hypocrisy, just two really bad analogies...
You compare doing the JOB of a pharmacist with CHANGING the business model of a business, a Vegan marketplace will NOT sell meat, period. However, at the same time, if a Vegan worked for a butcher, and refused to sell meat, they would get their asses fired, as they should, if you can't do the job required, you don't work there, pretty simple, yes?

You then compare this to asking an INDIVIDUAL to do something they may not like in THEIR OWN HOME. Homes are RESIDENCES, not Businesses. Businesses are much more highly regulated than homes, to give an example, you, personally, are exempt from following the Civil Rights Act of 1964, you are not obligated to invite over anyone of a different race, creed, or national origin to your home. Yet, if you start a business, and tried the same thing, you will get your ass sued, and, hopefully, your business license pulled.

By the way, this doesn't apply to subletting, being a landlord, or selling your home, the Fair Housing Act covers those issues.

Commercial enterprises, specifically those considered "open to the public" i.e. do NOT carry restrictive membership lists, are regulated in a myriad of ways that you do not have to follow outside this field. More so when it comes to health care, there are ability to pay exemptions in Emergency Rooms, even at private hospitals, Pharmacies are licensed by the state to allow them to sell certain drugs, and usually the ONLY restriction they are allowed to place on the selling of drugs is if they conflict with your current medication.

Besides, these "conscience clauses" can and will be, abused. If a pharmacist is a member of the KKK, they could refuse to administer drugs to treat Sickle Cell Anemia, a disease that affects mostly African Americans. As long as he simply refuses to dispense the drugs to everybody, then he would be in the clear, as far as this law is concerned. These types of laws are discriminatory at their core, and should be fought, they serve no purpose.
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