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  •  But in the case of a rape (4+ / 0-)
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    the HOSPITAL should dispense it. Right then. If the woman requests it, she should get it BEFORE she even leaves.

    Then there's no worry about whether the pharmacy has it. Or whether her insurance pays for it.

    If she asks for it, she should get it. Period.

    If somebody has unprotected sex and wants to get it, that's another story entirely.

    But this is RAPE. Different situation.

    •  Hospitals have pharmacies too (7+ / 0-)

      and their employees presumably could be doing the same thing.

      Regardless, I don't see a need to distinguish between the two situations. I don't think it's "a different story entirely." It doesn't matter why she needs it, she should still be able to get it. (Also, a lot of rapes go unreported. Someone buying the MAP from a pharmacy over the counter could be a victim of rape.)

      •  You're right (0+ / 0-)

        but in this case it WAS a reported rape, and she was at a hospital.

        There's absolutely no reason for a hospital who's treating a rape victim to NOT give her that pill. None. The only valid reason would be if SHE didn't want it.

        She might not - though I can't think of many women who would turn that down.

        •  mm, the hospital did provide her the drug. (1+ / 0-)
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          it is the sheriff's dept (or whoever actually employs the jailers in that locale) that is at issue here, as well as the policy that says persons reporting a crime (especially rape) should have his/her name run for wants and warrants. it was the jailer that interfered with the dispensation of the drug as ordered by the doctor. (she took the first pill of a two pill set and was transported to the jail before the second pill was due.)

          blink-- pale cold

          by zedaker on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 11:58:17 AM PDT

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    •  The problem is, proving rape is a very hard (10+ / 0-)

      thing to do. That is why so many go unreported.

      That's Plan B should just be available. It doesn't matter if a woman was raped, or if she got drunk the night before and was taken advantage of, or had willing sex the night before and realized after the fact that the condom broke or whatever, it doesn't matter. It shouldn't be an inquisition. She should simply be able to take care of herself.

      P.S. I am not a crackpot.

      by BoiseBlue on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 11:02:52 AM PDT

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      •  Or course (1+ / 0-)
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        but this WAS a reported rape.

        Frankly, I think BC should be easily available, even to the point of drugstores having attached clinics so that women can get a prescription right there if they need one.

        Or the other way round - the clinic drives the pharmacy (which would be better).

        In my ideal world, every clinic would have a pharmacy attached, so that if you needed medication, you would get it right then. No need for going to the doctor, then going to the drugstore. Have them in the same building.

        Stand alone drugstores might have minimal pharmacies, but they would mostly have OTC drugs and supplies.

        •  In England (0+ / 0-)

          Pharmacists are professionals and are themselves  able to prescribe certain non OTC drugs including emergency birth control and impotency medicins like viagra. Some are dispensed at cost rather than at the NHS standard prescription fee which in many cases would be free.

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          by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 05:58:20 PM PDT

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