Friday, June 08, 2007

Ethical Phramacists Targeted

A Democrat effort is now underway to turn pharmacies into abortofacient vending machines.

Two Democrat Congresspersons from NY and NJ (go figure!) have introduced a bill that, among other things, would fine pharmacists up to $500,000 for acting out of ethical duty in refusing to dispense drugs which they feel may not be safe or appropriate for the customer.

Let me repeat that last part again...for the customer.

Though pharmacies are subject to some federal regulations because of the nature of the products they dispense, they are a business just like any other. Setting aside for a moment the issue of the abortofacients this bill is really meant to protect, this is a clear case of government once again trying to tell businesses how they must be run (which is ludicrous considering how poorly the federal government is run). Government has no right to tell a business they must either stock and sell a particular product or give them the information on how to purchase it from one of their competitors.

Of course, the real reason behind this measure is to ensure that abortofacients like the Plan B or "morning-after pill" are freely available regardless of whether or not a professional pharmacist believes the product to be hazardous or unethical. The issue is being cast as one of women's health and constitutional rights.

"Access to birth control is a women's health issue, a private matter and a constitutional right. No one – not pharmacists, politicians, or religious leaders – should be able to tamper with that right," co-sponsor Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) said.

I would like Ms. Maloney to show me in the Constitution of the United States of America where exactly access to birth control is a protected right. Utilization of preventative birth control may be a federally protected right, but access to it via consumer products most certainly is not. But abortion proponents such as NOW President Kim Gandy continue to paint this as an issue of "basic healthcare" and call any who dares refuse to dispense the "morning-after pill" abortofacient "religious and political extremists" engaged in an "all-out attack on birth control in this country."

In reality, a pharmacist is a professionally trained person who operates under a code of ethics just like a doctor, but that doesn't stop the bill's sponsors and supporters from politicizing their decisions.

"A pharmacist's personal beliefs should not come between a patient and their doctor," said co-sponsor Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). "Tomorrow it might be painkillers for a cancer patient. Next year it could be medicine that prolongs the life of a person with AIDS or some other terminal disease."

Typical liberal demagoguery. A phramacists professional and ethical opinion necessarily comes between a patient and their doctor. Otherwise there would be no need for professional pharmacists.

This quote by Lautenberg really gets me: "Pharmacies have an ethical and legal obligation not to endanger women's health by withholding basic health care."

First of all, no matter how many times this lie is offered, birth control is NOT basic health care. Any medication which is elective in nature cannot possibly fall under the category of "basic health care." They make it sound as though these people will keel over and die if they don't take their birth control pill or fix the mistake they made the night before.

Second, these pharmacists have an ethical and legal obligation not to endanger anyone's health. Period. What this legislation is attempting to do is REMOVE the pharmacist's ability to act according to their professional and ethical views. As Concerned Women for America rightly points out, "This bill would force pharmacists to distribute the controversial morning-after pill, … trampling on any professional or ethical concerns."

Make no mistake about it. This is yet another in a long line of legislative efforts to continue promoting convenience over responsibility and perpetuate the culture of death in this country.

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