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Incensed by KWeberLit's diary entry regarding pharmacists seeking the right to refuse to dispense birth control, I started looking into the origins of Pharmacists for Life.

Media Matters has an interesting piece on the organization's president, Karen Brauer.

She was fired from a Kmart pharmacy, but not solely for not dispensing birth control.  She lied to the patient, telling her that the pharmacy did not carry that drug.

Pharmacists for Life is founded by an individual who has willingly violated the code of ethics for pharmacists.  

III.A pharmacist respects the autonomy and dignity of each patient.

IV.A pharmacist acts with honesty and integrity in professional relationships.

These individuals seek to add clauses to the code of ethics which leave them free to disregard their professional responsibilities.

I have no qualms with a pharmacist who chooses not to prescribe medications that they find to be morally questionable.  However, these pharmacists should find employment in religious hospitals and pharmacies where patients expect spiritual judgement to play a role in the services rendered.

I'd be interested to assist in a letter writing campaign to top pharmacy chains to see what their stance is on consistency and quality of service when it comes to fulfilling contraceptive prescriptions.  Why wait for a blacklist?

That said, blacklist information can and should be collected as well.  I'm puzzling out how large of a role I wish to play in this, as a prescription birth control user.  

(seasonale rocks!)

Originally posted to faedrake on Sat Apr 09, 2005 at 10:43 AM PDT.

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