Suddenly and without warning the Washington state Board of Pharmacy has re-written the rules barring pharmacy refusal – rules decided with extensive public input three years ago.
Male Walgreen’s customers who tried to buy the morning-after pill for their female partners were turned away at stores in Texas and Mississippi. After the ACLU sent letters about complaints by these customers, Walgreen’s changed its policy.
Pharmacy refusal legislation passes in Idaho; feminists pressure Spain to reform abortion laws; South Carolina waiting period bill progresses; Clinton receives Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award; more on Gardasil, mandatory testing.
Pharmacists in D.C. can and do refuse to provide women’s health care based on such “personal views” as latent sexism, unsubstantiated medical opinion, or whim.
The thought of people refusing to serve a person of color due to their personal objection to desegregation is now considered indefensible, but refusal of service due to personal religious objections is not a thing of the past.
A Sheriff in Arizona has gotten away with implementing his own illegal rules for female prisoners, blocking abortion access and engaging in racial profiling. The ACLU has stepped in. Will his “reign of terror” end?
When bigotry strikes women, the usual suspects don’t object. William Saletan is only to happy to excuse pharmacists who would deny women emergency contraception.
William Saletan thinks indulging extremists and inviting them to take charge of our health care is at worst a minor inconvenience for women.
A case before the California Supreme Court, brought by a woman refused in vitro fertilization by her doctors because she is a lesbian, serves as a reminder that medical discrimination is still a real threat for many Americans.