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Old 02-05-2004, 01:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Texas Pharmacist Refuses Pill for Rape Victim

Hi ladies,

A thoughtful member suggested via pm that I bring this up in here -
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The topic is a recent eckards pharmacist refusing to give a rape victim the 72 hour pill to prevent preganancy from her rape. We have some heated disccusion going, but as it's a group of guys arguing, we're not getting a very balanced disccusion. I think that having some female perspective on such a topic would be very meaningful to our discusion and the right to choice is a very important topic for both genders to be voice about..
I completely agree.
I'd already seen the thread, but not yet responded,
because I've not been able to think of anything constructive to say, beyond just how pissed off I am about it.

It is worthy of discussion, and I would like to know what you think about it. I encourage you to post in the original thread..
however, if you find 'Politics' intimidating, as do I sometimes, here is also OK. Somewhere is better than silence.

The thread in Politics is here

and for the link challenged, the news article.

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Texas Pharmacist Refuses Pill for Rape Victim
Tue Feb 3, 6:08 PM ET DALLAS (Reuters)
- A Texas pharmacist was disciplined for refusing to fill the prescription of a rape victim seeking a morning-after pregnancy-prevention pill, the pharmacy chain that employed the man said on Tuesday.
Eckerd Corp. said the pharmacist considered it a violation of morals to give a rape victim, with a valid prescription, a pill that would prevent her from getting pregnant due to the sexual assault.
The incident took place on Jan. 23 at an Eckerd drug store in the Dallas suburb of Denton.
Eckerd spokeswoman Joan Gallagher said she could not give details of the disciplinary actions, but that the pharmacist had violated company policy.
"A pharmacist is obliged to fill a prescription if it is a valid, legal prescription," she said. "We do not make exceptions for any moral, religious or ethical concerns with regard to filling the prescription."
Florida-based Eckerd is owned by Texas-based retailer J.C. Penney Co..
Protesters, carrying signs reading "Got Raped? Let someone else help you" and "Rape violates my morals," have been picketing the store this week.
Kathryn Allen, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood (news - web sites) of North Texas, said the situation could have been avoided if hospitals in the state mandated emergency contraception in sexual assault cases. Other states stipulate that hospitals must make emergency contraception available to victims of sexual assault, but Texas does not.
"What this pharmacist did was truly outrageous. It forces the woman to relive the assault," said Allen, adding that the prescription in question is essentially a high dose of birth control pills that prevents pregnancy.
The rape victim was able to have her prescription filled at another pharmacy in the area, they said.
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Old 02-05-2004, 05:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This rape victim is being revictimized. Terrible, simply terrible!
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Old 02-05-2004, 06:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That is absolutely horrible.

Someone gets raped...and then *their* morals get questioned?!
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Old 02-05-2004, 08:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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hey, anyone used a IUD for emergency contraception? anyone have omre information on how/why it works?

sorry, bit of a threadjack that makes no sense if you didn't know i was pulling info off of planned parenthoood for the politics version *blush* sorry, don't mind me!

ps: pharmacist = asshat. he couldn't know WHY she was taking these meds... maybe there's another ofr them, or something. he may have been condemning a patient to die in extreme cases by refusing to distribue medications on personal moral grounds.

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Old 02-05-2004, 08:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Rape the pharmacist with a broomstick and no lube, and then deny him treatment on moral grounds; see how he likes that.

If the medicine had been illegal to possess or highly addictive, maybe he could have grounds. We're not talking Percocet or Oxycontin or marijuana here. Only a man could come up with a hypothesis as ridiculous as "it's a human being even when it's only 1 cell, and I'll be killing a person if I give her this medicine."
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Old 02-06-2004, 06:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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What the fuck! Does the pharmacist think hes God or something. She should have as much right to it (well even more) than anyone else. Isnt it bad enough that she was raped without having hassle of the pharmacist?

That is awfull!
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Old 02-06-2004, 10:51 AM   #7 (permalink)
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i was raped when i was 17...
the hospital that i was taken to happened to be catholic...
the ONLY medication they would give me was amoxicillian... this was in an attempt to thwart off any possible std's... but also to ensure that i didn't take anything that would possibly harm a fetus...
waiting for my period to come felt like an eternity that i cannot describe...
luckily for me, i was not pregnant.

women's health issues (physical & emotional) are constantly overlooked, put on the back burner and discounted... this is yet another example... it's a long uphill battle... but i'm not giving up any time soon... *soft smie*
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Old 02-06-2004, 12:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I can't even think of anything to say. I'm so much in awe right now. I can't imagine being in her place, but I can imagine being close to it....


Cheerios, PM me if you're still interested in emergency contraception.
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Old 02-06-2004, 05:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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If the medicine had been illegal to possess or highly addictive, maybe he could have grounds. We're not talking Percocet or Oxycontin or marijuana here.
Even if it were he has absolutely no ground to deny someone a prescription.

What an idiot, and I bet nothing will happen to him. He won't get his licence revocked or anything, because in America we live under the will of god.

And springrain, I am so sickened of religion sometimes, well all the time. People are such idiots it's amazing.
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Old 02-06-2004, 05:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Oh I just read the thread in politics and there is a coment on the first page which really angered me. I've always been respectful to everyone here, but I hate it when men have just fantastic ideas of what a woman can do with her body. I am sorry neither this pharmacist (who I asume is a man) nor anyone else has the right to tell a woman what to do in this situation. I would like to see them in a situation like this and see what they decide.

This is why I don't go to tilted politics, there's always some narrow minded person that really agravates me. Sorry about the rant, I'm really mad right now.
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Old 02-06-2004, 07:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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And springrain, I am so sickened of religion sometimes, well all the time. People are such idiots it's amazing.
well of course religion is always about serving "the church"... the needs of the people often run a very distant second...
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Old 02-11-2004, 03:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Ok, I think the real issue here is not whether or not she was raped, which is a HORRIBLE AWFUL TRAUMATIZING thing that no woman *ever* should have to live with- been there, know all about it, but the denial of prescribed medical treatment.

I had an incident one time with a broken condom- and I felt it necessary to take the precaution of the morning after pill. What in the WORLD would I have done if the pharmacist had denied my prescription!

Truly, this wo/man (as they don't say whether the pharmacist was male or female) took a liberty not available to them, and in doing so removed a liberty- a legal, valid liberty- away from an unfortunate victim. As against frivilous (sp?) lawsuits as I am, I think this one has merit.
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