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Judge says Wash. can't make pharmacies sell Plan B
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the state's true goal was to suppress religious objections by druggists — not to promote timely access to the medicines for people who need them.
U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton heard closing arguments earlier this month in a lawsuit that claimed state rules violate the constitutional rights of pharmacists by requiring them to dispense such medicine. The state requires pharmacies to dispense any medication for which there is a community need and to stock a representative assortment of drugs needed by their patients.
Ralph's Thriftway in Olympia, Wash., and two licensed Washington pharmacists sued in 2007, saying that dispensing Plan B would infringe on their religious beliefs because it can prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg, an act they equate with taking human life.
The state argued that the requirements are legal because they apply neutrally to all medicines and pharmacies, and that they promote a government interest — the timely delivery of medicine, including Plan B, which becomes less effective as time passes.
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1. Another blow to woman's rights and health safety.Star Member BadgerKid (3,289 posts) Profile Journal Send DU Mail Ignore
6. Pharmacists aren't licensed medical doctors.
How can they prove there was an egg released AND it got fertilized?NC_Nurse (11,424 posts) Profile Journal Send DU Mail Ignore
8. When did "religious freedom" become the right to impose your beliefs on others?
Nobody's making THEM take these drugs. Why are they allowed to decide when someone else should or shouldn't follow THEIR religion.
This trend is such bullshit.Star Member Deep13 (35,054 posts) Profile Journal Send DU Mail Ignore
9. I predict the 9th will overrule him.
Funny how the patient has to bear the cost of the druggist's religious objections.Star Member BOHICA12 (355 posts) Profile Journal Send DU Mail Ignore
11. Is there any single product or item that statute can require a business to sell?
I can't think of one. Maybe some insurance instruments, but not any physical product.niyad (18,281 posts) Profile Journal Send DU Mail Ignore
25. a pharmacist is not the same thing as a tire dealer.
the products are prescription drugs, and people's lives depend on them. there is nothing in their training that says they get to impose their religious beliefs on other people's lives.
I truly hope you are not a pharmacist, or in any other profession that impacts women's lives and health.Star Member BOHICA12 (355 posts) Profile Journal Send DU Mail Ignore
27. People's lives don't depend on tires?
But if you own a pharmacy - you are the merchant - you determine the products you will sell and the products you won't sell. Dang, what is it about freedom and personal choice is so hard to understand? Your business will either prosper or suffer based on your decisions - as it should.
If we could figure out decent security, most pharmaceutical transactions could be carried out by a vending machine. Let's not elevate them too high.Star Member saras (5,015 posts) Profile Journal Send DU Mail Ignore
21. The judge was half right
"the state's true goal was to suppress religious objections by druggists"
Yes, this is the state's completely legal, legitimate, mandated-by-the-Constitution goal. It's an admirable goal, and most of the population wants the state to succeed at it.
It's no more appropriate than a fire truck refusing to put out your house fire because you support a different football team than they do.Star Member Skittles (78,603 posts) Profile Journal Send DU Mail Ignore
if these pious sanctimonious HYPOCRITICAL pieces of SHIT are unable to perform their duties as a pharmacist THEY NEED TO FIND ANOTHER LINE OF WORK