Monday, March 28, 2005

Pill-Pushers Get All Self-Righteous Too

See this article in today's WashPost for the latest eruption of religious fanaticism ... so-called "Christian" pharmacists who believe that any form of birth-control is tantamount to abortion and who therefore refuse to fill prescriptions.

They wear their white lab coats like pontifical robes.

No one knows the extent of this "movement" to inflict "God" on women having sex, since many young, scared women don't complain when faced by a judgmental pharmacist. According to the WashPost article, only one pharmacist has had charges brought against him:

"Pharmacists are regulated by state laws and can face disciplinary action from licensing boards. But the only case that has gotten that far involves Neil T. Noesen, who in 2002 refused to fill a University of Wisconsin student's birth control pill prescription at a Kmart in Menomonie, Wis., or transfer the prescription elsewhere. An administrative judge last month recommended Noesen be required to take ethics classes, alert future employers to his beliefs and pay what could be as much as $20,000 to cover the costs of the legal proceedings. The state pharmacy board will decide whether to impose that penalty next month."

Wonder what would happen if a pharmacist decided it was against her "religion" to dispense Viagra?

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