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noahmijo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 12:23 AM
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Rape victim: 'Morning after' pill denied in Tucson Arizona
This is "Liberal" Tucson, Az for you.

pbARIZONA DAILY STAR

Although it is safe, effective and legal, emergency contraception - the "morning after" pill - can be hard to find in Tucson.

After a sexual assault one recent weekend, a young Tucson woman spent three frantic days trying to obtain the drug to prevent a pregnancy, knowing that each passing day lowered the chance the drug would work.

While calling dozens of Tucson pharmacies trying to fill a prescription for emergency contraception, she found that most did not stock the drug.

When she finally did find a pharmacy with it, she said she was told the pharmacist on duty would not dispense it because of religious and moral objections.

"I was so shocked," said the 20-year-old woman, who, as a victim of sexual assault, is not being named by the Star. "I just did not understand how they could legally refuse to do this."

But many stores are. A 2004 survey of more than 900 Arizona pharmacies found less than half keep emergency contraception drugs in stock, with most saying there is too little demand, but some cite moral reasons, according to the Arizona Family Planning Council.

Yet, family-planning agencies say they've seen a 60 percent increase in demand for the drug in recent years. The statistics are creating what advocates say is a frightening situation for some women. But others are glad pharmacists have a choice.

http://www.azstarnet.com/dailystar/dailystar/99156.php
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Gyre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 12:26 AM
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1. You women can't let a few pencil-necked, bible-whacking pharmacists
push you around; can you?

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NAO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 12:38 AM
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2. Pharmacists who refuse to fill RX should have license revoked, be liable
Pharmacists who refuse to fill RX should have license revoked, and they should be held LEGALLY liable PERSONALLY for any medical consequences that result from their refusal to do their job.

If that woman gets pregnant, she should be able to FORCE that fundie whack-job to PAY for her abortion out of HIS OWN pocket. Or, if SHE chooses, he should be ordered to pay CHILD SUPPORT for 18 years.

And I'd like to see whatever hate-filled loonie bin of a church he attends be named on a liability lawsuit too, for planting the idea in his head. You should not be able to suggest hurtful things without being held legally responsible for the consequences.

And if the Pharmacy he worked for does not terminate his employment, effective the INSTANT he refused to fill the prescription, they should be legally liable as well.
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NAO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 12:40 AM
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3. What if a Scientologist pharmacist refused to fill a mental health RX,
and the patient subsequently committed suicide?

See my post above, Pharmacists who refuse to fill RX should have license revoked, be liable
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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