Monday, March 28, 2005

Radical Pharmacists and Their Bad Science

According to The Pharmacists for Life International (, which supports a pharmacist's right to deny birth-control pills:

PFLI's mission is to make pharmacy once again a life-saving profession, a mooring from which it has drifted.

Sounds great. But exactly how is denying birth control pills making pharmacy a life-saving profession? Well, the PFLI believes that “the pill” is an abortifacient, meaning that it actually causes an abortion, which they explain here in a convoluted argument claiming scientific conspiracy to redefine conception.

And yet, according to this bit of information from the Mayo Clinic (not really known for propagating bad science):

The birth control pill impedes pregnancy by preventing the ovaries from releasing eggs (ovulation). If eggs aren’t released, sperm can’t fertilize them and pregnancy can’t occur. The pill also thickens your cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus and reach any eggs that may have been released.

No egg. No fertilization. No pregnancy. No abortion. The PFLI is not just trying to force their fringe morality on the rest of us, they are perverting science to back themselves up.

Why on earth would the right of a pharmacist to deny a prescription trump the right of a patient to receive their pills? And why are state governments kowtowing to groups like the PFLI when the vast majority of Americans support the use of birth control pills?

Just because a belief is based on religious faith doesn’t mean it makes good policy. We simply can’t let groups like the PFLI trick our government into removing our rights to advance a far-out-of-the-mainstream “morality.”


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