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Should Pharmacists Decide Whether You Get Birth Control Pills?

Increasing numbers of pharmacists are refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control pills, the so-called morning-after pill, and other hormonal contraceptives because they oppose them on religious or moral grounds, and many conservatives are seeking laws that would protect pharmacists' jobs if they do so. Currently, only two states--Arkansas and South Dakota--have laws protecting pharmacists from having to dispense medications they oppose, which supporters call "conscience clauses" and opponents call "refusal laws." Ten other states are considering such legislation. In my view ALL birth control pills have absolutely no therapeutic benefit that outweighs their huge risks. I ask ALL of my patients to stop them as soon as possible, but whether or not pharmacists should make the decision is another issue entirely.

ABC News April 6, 2004

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