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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Pharmacists and their morality

I have been reading a bit about the new trend in pharmacy--refusing to fill some prescriptions based on their moral values and what they believe. I can't tell you how disgusting I think this is. Environmental Republican supports the right of pharmacists to sell whatever they want, or to not sell whatever they want. The problem is, his parallel doesn't hold up to scrutiny. A 'handful of pharmacies' refusing to sell the 'morning after' pill in NYC or other suburbs doesn't mean limited access, but in rural Alabama, where this is more likely to happen, it does. As a typical conservative, he feels that this problem is only attached to things like birth control and abortion. What about when these pharmacists start feeling their oats and denying customers access to medication for STDs or AIDS medications because they feel that people shouldn't be having sex outside of marriage and that AIDS is a plague from God to punish homosexuals. Limited access in areas where there aren't that many pharmacies is a real problem. I have an idea, if you don't like selling medication that you believe is morally wrong, DON'T BECOME A PHARMACIST. Comparing medication to cigarettes is just silly. This is about people's health and well being. If you cut out the 'morning after' pill, its just a hop, skip and jump away from cutting off other medication that could be interpreted to be morally wrong. I bet none of these pharmacies have any problem with selling Viagra though, because that is important medication.


Blogger z said...

Being in business for yourself should allow you to put up a sign saying "We reserve the right to refuse service."
Pharmacists paid under some government program shouldn't be allowed to decide what the customer is allowed to get, that's up to the Dr.
A Pharmacist in private practice shouldn't have to listen to the government trying to force him to sell medications against his will.
Remember, medicine in this country is not a social "right," it's just privately over-priced

11:07 AM  
Blogger scott said...

The simple fact is clear; a business owner has the right to decide what he wants to sell. If a rural pharmacist doesn't want to sell protease inhibitors to combat HIV, he has the right to not sell them if he feels morally that he should not.

Let's imagine that you, K are a legal aid lawyer. Let's further imagine that you are representing Eric Rudolph or Timothy McVeigh. Do you represent them?

Enough of the slippery slope arguments as they only lead to...well, nothing.

America is a Capitalist nation whether you like it or not. Business owners reserve the right to sell or not sell any item they wish. The government has no place intruding in that.

As a business owner, I have the absolute right to not conduct business with anyone that I find morally bankrupt. I further will have to suffer the consequence of that action which would include lost business.

You label me a "typical conservative" which I am not. I am a person who believes in the things that made us the greatest nation on earth; a free-market economy, the spread of democracy and freedom from government intervention in cases where it's intrusion will not contribute to the greater good.

6:59 PM  
Blogger scott said...

BTW, what makes the morning after pill any different than cigarettes?

Do you not think that utilizing abortion as a birth control method is distasteful?

With all of the available methods of birth control that do not include the sperm meeting the egg, why push so hard for this "oops" method.

How about this idea, if you use proper birth control, you won't need the damn pill.

8:00 PM  
Blogger z said...

For Scott,
You say you're not a typical conservative.

con·ser·va·tive Pronunciation Key (kn-sûrv-tv)
1. Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.

To be a political conservative means you'd prefer to conserve the principles of the original thinkers that created our "Democracy." I hope that you're not a typical conservative because the typical conservative of today is anything but conservative in the defined sense.
The modern conservative has abandoned traditional views and values for the sake of political power.
This is nothing new. Conservatism is as easily transformed into fascism as liberalism is to radicalism. There's plenty of historical data to confirm that.
Our forefather's were very concerned about the loss of freedoms that could result from the marraige of money and power...some quotes...

"...corporations have been enthroned and an era of
corruption in high places will follow, and the money powers of the country will endeavor to prolong
it's reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of
a few, and the Republic is destroyed." --Abraham Lincoln

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The
issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly
belongs." -- Thomas Jefferson

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our selection between
economy and liberty or profusion and servitude." -- Thomas Jefferson

I'm assuming that as a non-typical conservative these are some of the ideas you hold dear. As a business owner I would hope the power of corporations in this country concerns you. As a thinker I would hope you recognize that America and its government have been usurped by private banking and corporate interests.
Democracy in our country has been stolen from the people just as it was feared and predicted by Jefferson and Lincoln.
I wish more people were conservative enough to recognize their own loss of freedoms and rights at the hands of the neo-con fascists.
It's good to have those, like yourself, within our ranks.
Oh, and by the also said that you believed in the things that made this country great..."the spread of democracy and freedom from government intervention."
Isn't spreading democracy a bit evangelical? I don't ever remember reading any of the founder's saying we should "go out and spread the word of democracy around the world.." Lenin, Marx and Stalin advocated the spread of communism, but when did we decide to emulate them?
Isn't "the spread of democracy and freedom from government intervention" contradictory?
Never mind, welcome to the battle for freedom, of the people.

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