Straight Up with Sherri

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

It's NOT Between a Woman and Her Doctor!

I have posted about the Illinois Governor's Executive Order forcing ALL Pharmacies to fill prescriptions regardless of their moral or religious beliefs.

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!


  • A pharmacist is not qualified professionally or otherwise to make the kind of diagnosis evaluations you attribute to them. And it can be a life threatneing circumstance. A doctor diagnosis's and prescribes, the pharmacist is licensed only to dispense. The exception is when he has empirical evidence of abuse such as multiple doctors for the same Rx. The pharmacist needs to find other work if his conscience bothers him, or go to medical school and acquire an MD. What's next, gas station attendants refusing to dispense fuel because they don't like you color, your face, you car, your politics? Maybe resturaunts refusing service (oh, yeah, we've already been there).

    By Anonymous aridog, at 7:11 PM  

  • aridog: heh I hope that wasn't directed at Sherri. Judging by the meandering way she attempted to string together her thoughts for the above post, I'd say she's hit the sauce a little early today.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:18 PM  

  • aridog: heh I hope that wasn't directed at Sherri. Judging by the meandering way she attempted to string together her thoughts for the above post, she's hit the sauce a little early today.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:18 PM  

  • aridog -- in fact, pharmacists are professionals with expensive educations. They are expected to provide assistance and it is hoped that they will notice when incompatible drugs are prescribed. A pharmacist is not a gas station attendant, although even a gas station attendant is free to not pump gas for molotov cocktails. A restaurant is required to not serve you liquor if you are drunk because you may endanger a third party or yourself. This last seems to me to be highly analogous to a pharmacist refusing to aid a person in killing another. If a pharmacist knew that the intended purpose of a drug was to poison a spouse, he would be required by the criminal law (and his conscience if he had one) to refuse to dispense.

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 7:25 PM  

  • I can understand a pharmacist not prescribing a patients medication when they notice that the drug has become addictive to the patient and is not helpful anymore.
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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:52 PM  

  • I think that the pharmacist should have equal rights. I can go to many different doctors and get the same pills may times..but if the Pharmacist notices a pattern of behavior, I think it is their right to atleast mention it..If I can see a friend is doing legal drugs..can't they?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:50 PM  

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