STDs get a boost in Va: New “pro life” pharmacy refuses all birth control

Pam Semler, of Fairfax, Va., works the register at DMC Pharmacy in Chantilly, Va. on Monday, Oct. 20, 2008. The pharmacy bills itself as "pro-life" and carries no contraceptive products. Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy is among at least seven pharmacies across the nation that is refusing as a matter of faith to sell contraceptives of any kind, even if a person has a prescription. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A new drug store at a Virginia strip mall is putting its faith in an unconventional business plan: No candy. No sodas. And no birth control. Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy is among at least seven pharmacies across the nation that are refusing as a matter of faith to sell contraceptives of any kind, even if a person has a prescription.

States across the country have been wrestling with the issue of pharmacists who refuse on religious grounds to dispense birth control or morning-after pills, and some have enacted laws requiring drug stores to fill the prescriptions.

In Virginia, though, pharmacists can turn away any prescription for any reason.

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Published in: on October 22, 2008 at 5:15 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. I, for one, will fight tooth and nail, for laws that require pharmacies to provide the full range of medical products to all customers. What worries me is that if pharmacies are allowed to refuse to sell contraceptives, then a woman somewhere could face the dilemma of quickly needing and not being able to get what she needs to control her own reproductive health. That is wrong. Contraceptives, condoms, and the morning after pill are legal in this country and should be fully available. If you believe contraceptive use is wrong, then don’t use contraceptives. But do not restrict the use of contraceptives by others. If you want to run a pharmacy and do not want to provide these perfectly legal health commodities, then get out of the pharmacy business or move to a country whose leaders routinely oppress women and their reproductive rights. This is America and women are not going to stand for any policy that limits their hard won right to reproductive health and their right to choose when and how how many children to bear. Medieval pharmacies, watch out–you are not going to win this battle.


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