Hey Strangekittens. This just recently happened in my city. I’m honestly not shocked, just appalled.
Whether the pharmacist is anti-choice or not, she has chosen a job where practice is governed by LAW, not by her personal beliefs. This was a disgusting abuse of power on her part. Sadly, this happens every day.
In Canada, the Plan B pill is available over the counter, no prescription/consultation needed. It ranges from $25-50. Pharmacists are not allowed to you that you can’t buy it, because you can. Their beliefs have nothing to do with it; it’s the law. It’s like trying to get out of a speeding ticket because you think the speed limit is bullshit.
What would you do in this situation? Personally, I would raise the biggest media shitstorm ever. Not to teach them a lesson, because it probably wouldnt.
I would do it to raise attention and awareness of this for other women. Women that may be denied life saving contraception because they don’t know that they are lawfully entitled to it, and that the pharmacist is wrong.
I’ve always believed you should not believe everything you see, read and hear. Use your brain and criticize the source of information. The fact that someone is in a position of authority does not make them automatically right.
What would you do in this situation? Comment below.
Edit for clarification: The pharmacist does have the right to refuse on moral grounds. But, the problem here is that the pharmacist did not say as such, and acted unprofessionally by not following the proper guidelines for it. She could have referred her to another staff member on moral grounds, but instead mislead the client.
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