Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Pharmacists Suspended for Refusing to Dispense 'Morning-After Pill'

In Illinois, Walgreens suspended four pharmacists without pay after they refused to dispense the "morning-after pill," also know as Plan B, to patients with valid prescriptions.

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To ponder:
1) Should pharmacists be allowed to refuse to fill prescriptions? If so, under what circumstances, or for what reasons? Should these include moral/religious/ethical objections?

2) Do you consider Plan B to be:

  • a type of birth control, or
  • a pharmacological abortion?

3) Plan B is currently prescribed for use up to 120 hours (5 days) after sex. Does the time frame in which Plan B is prescribed--say, within the first 24 hours as opposed to day 5--affect your response to question #2?

4) How do you feel about the use of Plan B by rape victims?

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