It's NOT Between a Woman and Her Doctor!
Over and over, I read article after article on this issue, and the constant underlying theme seems to be the argument that NO ONE has the right to come between a woman and her doctor. In essence, if a woman and her doctor feel it is in her "best interest" to take a "morning after pill," then the pharmacist MUST oblige in provided such a pill.
So let me get this straight.
A doctor has the right to refuse performing an abortion due to his own moral or religious convictions. A doctor has the right to refuse prescribing birth control, weather it be a contraceptive, or an interceptive. A doctor has the right to these choices.
BUT! If a doctor does prescribe such things, then a pharmacist has NO rights on the same basis? If this is truly between a woman and a doctor, then this makes no sense. A woman can't enter any doctor's office and demand an abortion or a prescription to birth control. Even though a woman has the legal right to these things, she does NOT have the right to demand a doctor violate his conscience to satisfy her rights. She needs to find a doctor that WILL provide her with what she wants.
People can't walk into ANY doctor's office and demand prescriptions for "pain killers." The doctor is allowed the right to decide for himself is this person truly is in need of such medication. BUT, the one actually supplying the medication has NO SAY SO? Many pharmacists turn people away for an array of reasons. Sometimes it is due to knowledge that the "patient" is actually addicted to the "pain killers."
If this is truly about the decision being between a woman and her doctor- fine-THEN LET IT STAY THERE! We have NO RIGHT to FORCE anyone else to accommodate the woman or doctor, just as we have no right to demand ALL doctors perform abortions.
If it's between a woman and her doctor, then KEEP it between a woman and her doctor. But see, it isn't between JUST her and her doctor is it? Not when you drag someone else in the mix (the pharmacy or pharmacist). Just as a woman seeking an abortion has to find a doctor WILLING to do such, she also must seek a pharmacist willing to fill her prescription. We are not talking about emergency medical care at a hospital ER. We are talking about forcing pharmacies to aid in something they feel strongly against. Heck, doctors aren't even forced to continue life saving procedures such as hydration and nutrition if the don't feel it is the right thing to do. UNBELIEVABLE!