Emergency contraception is under attack by US pharmacists

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 28 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:983
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    A growing number of pharmacists across the United States are refusing to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception, even in cases of rape. Some pharmacists won't fill prescriptions for oral contraceptives for moral and religious reasons.

    Karen Pearl, interim president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said, “We're getting more and more reports [of denials to fill prescriptions] from more and more states. This is a clearly orchestrated movement to stand in the way of women getting the birth control they need. Pharmacists are standing in the middle of the doctor-patient relationship.”

    The “conscience clause” trend began several years ago when doctors …

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