I’m tired of this bullshit. Really. I am. RH Reality Check breaks it down better than I can, but essentially the Board of Pharmacy in the state of Washington, under pressure from a lawsuit brought by Ralph’s Thriftway Pharmacy, is set to change a rule which currently bans pharmacies from refusing to dispense legally prescribed medication, in this case the emergency contraception, Plan B. Ralph’s Thriftway Pharmacy would, apparently, prefer not to have to do so. You know, because they don’t believe in it. (Big surprise, right?)
My favorite part of the whole steaming pile?
“We can’t afford more lawsuits,” said board member Dan Connolly, who made the motion to move forward. “If we don’t change the current rule, this board is going to always be in litigation.”
So, essentially, if you can tie the state up in litigation long enough, you can basically get whatever you want.
Currently, in Washington state, if a pharmacist has a moral objection to a medication the pharmacist can ask a colleague to fill the prescription (which still pisses me off), but with the new ruling, entire pharmacies will be able to tell you to, “go somewhere else, we don’t treat your problem here.”
IT’S COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE.
What happens when pharmacies decide that they don’t want to dispense HIV medication, because they suspect the patient is gay? Or they’re not going to give you your pain medicine because they don’t believe in narcotics?
It’s a slippery slope folks.