Friday, April 15, 2005

Pharmacists For Life is Over the Line

CNN reports:

House and Senate backers unveiled a bill dubbed the Access to Legal Pharmaceuticals Act (ALPhA) on Thursday. It would allow a pharmacist to refuse to fill a prescription only if the prescription can be passed to and filled by a co-worker at the same pharmacy.

Sounds entirely reasonable, right? Not to the Pharmacists for Life International (PFLI), a radical group of pharmacists who believe their religious beliefs give them every right to deny filling birth control pills or even transferring those prescriptions to other pharmacies (we wrote about them awhile back, here and here.

Karen Brauer, president of Pharmacists for Life, told the Reuters news agency [that if ALPhA passes]…she believes doctors will eventually begin ordering women to abort disabled children, or refuse to treat them after birth.

"They'll force women to kill their children ... It will be like China. It's the next logical step," she told Reuters.

That’s not anything near logic. That’s stone-cold paranoia. It’s nearly impossible to take the PFLI seriously when they insinuate that “moral” pharmacists are the only thing stopping the nation’s doctors from killing our children. It’s flat-out slanderous. And it’s a mystery how these groups keep getting so many people to listen to them.


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