Some pharmacists across the country are refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control and morning-after pills, saying that dispensing the medications violates their personal moral or religious beliefs.
The trend has opened a new front in the nation's battle over reproductive rights, sparking an intense debate over the competing rights of pharmacists to refuse to participate in something they consider repugnant and a woman's right to get medications her doctor has prescribed. It has also triggered pitched political battles in statehouses across the nation as politicians seek to pass laws either to protect pharmacists from being penalized -- or force them to carry out their duties.
Should these pharmacists be allowed to make decisions based on their personal morality that affect OUR health? Doesn't this basically give them the right to supercede what our doctors have prescribed? If we allow them to make these types of decisions, where will it end? Will it become acceptable, at some point in time, to force pregnant vegans to eat dairy/meat to assure a healthy baby. (We all know how many people think a vegan diet isn't healthy. "Where do you get your protein?")
BTW, are said pharmacists also refusing to fill Viagra perscritpions for single men? No, of course they aren't.
As a vegan, if I work in a restaurant or grocery store, would I be allowed to refuse to serve/sell meat or would my employer tell me, "That's part of the job. If you have an issue, there's the door." We all know the answer to that.
Regardless of your view of birth control/morning after pills, we are all standing on the proverbial slippery slope with this issue.