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Pharmacists’s Rights to Refuse Prescriptions

We briefly talked about this during class on 9/12. The issue concerns the right of a pharmacist to refuse filling a specific prescription on ethical grounds. Since some pharmacists object to abortion, they do not want to fill prescriptions for emergency contraceptives (ECs).

Emergency contraceptives (sometimes called morning-after pills) are methods of preventing pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse (voluntary or involuntary).  They should usually be taken within five days of the unprotected act, and they work by either preventing the implantation of the fertilized egg or sometimes preventing fertilization altogether.

Pharmacists claim a right of religious freedom in their refusal to sell ECs. The State of Illinois believes that pharmacists who sell any contraceptives should be required to sell ECs as well.

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