Friday, June 09, 2006

Oregon Pharmacy Board does the right thing

Unlike our neighbors to the north, women in this state will have access to Plan B, the emergency contraception pill.

The Oregon Pharmacy Board has adopted a position statement which forbids pharmacists from lecturing women on moral or religious beliefs and/or confiscating/tampering/destroying a patient's prescription.

Its bizarre to me that the Board has to set this sort of policy. This is basic common sense.

As Thom Hartmann noted on his radio program this morning--don't enter a profession where there might be a requirement to do something that doesn't line up with your moral beliefs. If you don't believe in birth control--don't become a pharmacist.

These oppressive, fascist-style tactics of rightwing conservatives are tyrannically whacko. I'm grateful that in at least some quarters of Oregon--people see right through it.