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I was so hoping it wasn't true
But it is. Target has succumbed to the fucking stupid shit disease and allows pharmacists to withhold prescriptions based on some fucking nebulous moral/religious code. WTF are you doing as a pharmacist if you are not dispensing prescribed meds? Get the fuck out and go do something else with your goddamn fundie friends, like joining with that Pat Robertson nut job and condemn entire counties and call for the assassination of foreign leaders. Ahh, doesn't he just exude a Christ-like glow? Fucking fundies.

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Oh yeah. It's true. *eye roll*

I was on my walk this afternoon and I saw a small group of people reading the bible at Caribou, I don't want to live in a theocracy.

I was at a client in Central Wisconsin, and I stopped in at the local coffee shop (it was before work, so the bars were just closing ;P) and there was a group there having their bible study. I felt the sudden urge to serve them kool-aid.

I have heard that HCMC has signs posted in their emergency room stationg that they dispence Emergency Contraception.

Yes, that's absolutely right!

Any woman, any age can walk into HCMC without identification and get Emergency Contraception for $7.50.

Too bad it is the exception rather than the rule. I didn't see any signs when my father was at St. John's Northeast this past summer.

I think St. John's is a Catholic hospital.

Most emergency rooms do not dispense EC, Minneapolis is definitely special.

Here's the article I first read it in

Of course it's true. Dan Savage said so and he's (almost) always correct.

From Dan Savage - Nov. 2 column

There were two disturbing developments in the battle over straight rights last week. First, we know that Target fills its ads with dancing, multi-culti hipsters giving off a tolerant, urbanist vibe and runs hipster-heavy ad campaigns positioning Target as a slightly more expensive, more progressive alternative to Wal-Mart. Well, as John Aravosis revealed on Americablog.org last week, Target's politics are as red as their bulls-eye logo. The chain allows its pharmacists to refuse to dispense birth control and emergency contraception to female customers if the pharmacist objects on religious grounds. What's worse, the company claims that any of its employees have a right to discriminate against any of its customers provided the discrimination is motivated by an employee's religious beliefs. Read all about it at www.americablog.org and www.plannedparenthood.org.

Second, more troubling news from Tucson, Arizona, where a 20-year-old rape victim called dozens of pharmacies in town before she found one that stocked emergency contraception (EC). "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," reported the Arizona Daily Star. Emergency contraception, the story continued, "prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation, fertilization, or implantation of a fertilized egg. The sooner the emergency contraception is taken after intercourse, the more effective it is."

Don't just sit there, heteros. Defend your rights! Don't shop at Target, and write 'em and tell them why you're going elsewhere. (Go to Target.com and click on "contact us," then "Target Corporation.") As for Fry's Pharmacy in Tucson, the shop that wouldn't dispense EC to a freakin' rape victim, the fundamentalist pharmacist claims its her "right" not to do her fucking job. Well, you have a right to free speech. Call Fry's at 520-323-2695 and ask them why the fuck a pharmacy that won't dispense EC keeps the drug in stock. Do they do it just to torment rape victims? ("Oh yeah, we've got EC—but you can't have any. Don't you know that Jesus wants you to bear your rapist's child?") Rise up, straight people, and demand your rights!

I'm not sure that this could stand to serious scrutiny. Target claims that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects their employee's religious beliefs to the point of not performing their job. HOWEVER... this only seems to apply to the Plan B pill. Target won't defend, for instance, a Catholic refusing to sell condoms, or a Mormon refusing to sell caffienated items. Seems suspiciously selective, only because of the supposed ascendancy of the Christian Right.

Now, if the FDA had done their damn job and not succumbed to magical thinking, Plan B would be over-the-counter and we wouldn't have to suffer through self-rightious pharmacists.

What's the most disappointing about all this is that Plan B isn't even an abortificant. If these morons spent a little more time studying science and little less time studying the Bible (oh right, that IS a science textbook...) they'd know that even if you oppose abortion as murder, Plan B doesn't result in that.

Sadly, that is something even I occasionally forget. It does not work if you are pregnant, it is only effective (going on memory here) if fertilization has not yet occurred. It only reduces risk, it does not abort. Ok, found the website. They make a clear delineation between Plan B and RU-486.

Last time I checked I didn't think RU 486 was available in this country. True?

RU 486 is available in the U.S., it is not called RU 486 though.

It's called a "medical" abortion, but I don't know what the brand name of the drug is. Last I heard, it was considered to be indefinitely in the "trial" phase.

Below is an excerpt from:


After an eight-year evaluation, as well as rigorous testing, of the drug mifepristone, the Food and Drug Administration approved it for use as an abortifacient in the United States on September 28, 2000. (1) Mifepristone, taken as a pill in doses, was deemed a safe and effective form of medical abortion. With their approval of the drug, the FDA limited the restrictions of it, potentially making it widely available to women across the U.S.. As a revolutionary method of abortion, mifepristone has spent the past twelve years under the scrutiny of the United States government. Originally produces and marketed in France by Roussel Uclaf, the drug, then known as RU-486, made its debut in 1988. (2) However, the Bush administration banned the drug's use in America that same year. Now, twelve years later, after President Clinton allowed for the commencement of testing the drug in 1992, mifepristone has been endorsed by the FDA - yet remains highly controversial.

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