The smartest take I’ve seen on these so-called “conscience clauses” for pharmacists is most of the way down here:
Four states already have laws that specifically allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions that violate their beliefs.
Here’s the plan for when I get canned:
1. Move to one of these four states.
2. Become pharmacist.
3. Convert to Christian Science.
4. Get paid for doing NOTHING and they can’t fire me!
Posted by Sarcastro at March 28, 2005 04:23 PM
Goddamn! I shoulda taken more biochemistry in college.
But, y’know, pharmacists need these provisions for the same reason people need to be able to file for Conscientious Objector status within the military. Like soldiers, pharmacists are required to serve the full terms of their contracts (which are subject to unilateral extension or “stop loss” policies at the whim of the Department of Health and Human Services); pharmacists who leave their jobs during an epidemic are subject to the death penalty. Moreover, all high school chemistry students must register with the Selective Health Services department and will be subject to a draft in the event of a severe shortage of pharmacists. So it’s a testament to this country’s commitment to religious freedom that we allow Christian Scientists to perform community service web-surfing, rather than conscripting them into passing out drugs!
Free! And! Democratic!