Comment of the Day: Pharmacists, Keep Your Religious Beliefs to Yourself

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We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them.

So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even.

This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit, clarity and whatever else we feel like at the moment.

We wrote about the downtown CVS refusing to sell a man a morning-after Plan B pill because he wasn't female.

One reader had something to say about pharmacists invoking their "personal beliefs" on the job.

Huey said:

Sounds like a firing to be had. I can't fathom how people refuse or disrupt service in any retail industry by bringing their "personal beliefs" into a situation. If you have a legitimate issue, you bring it up with your company to determine if action should be taken, not instill them on everyone else.

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I think it is really sad that nobody is mentioning what struck me as totally obvious here. The pharmacist was totally willing to sell the Plan B pill, as long as she could speak to the woman that was going to be taking it. The story says "She tells me she needs to speak with the woman," Kurtz says. "I'm taken aback by this and ask her what she needs to talk to her about, I bought them here before without issue. She then tells me she won't sell it to men."

Logically if the pharmacist had a religious objection she wouldn't want to sell it to ANYBODY. It struck me as pretty obvious that the pharmacist just wanted to talk to the person who would actually be taking the drug, (i.e. not the male). This could be for a legitimate medical reason, ( Side effects may include changes in your period, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, and dizziness) or it may well be that she wanted to make sure that it wasn't going to be given to the girl without her consent.

Sadly few men are as galant as Mr. Kurtz, and I'm willing to bet that the vast majority of the people who purchase Plan B are female. That makes his request somewhat unusual. Now I'm sure that Mr. Kurtz had only the purest of motives for wanting to purchase his pills, and I'm sure he knew, as the website says, that Plan B One-Step® will not affect an existing pregnancy. That being said, I'm also fairly certian that there are a lot of people who confuse Plan B with RU-486 and the like, and I'm willing to bet that there are more than a few guys out there that are so reluctant to become fathers that they would not be above trying to put something in their pregnant girlfriend's orange juice. Obviously the pharmacist's suspicions were unwarranted in Mr. Kurtz's case. That being said, that the pharmacist wanted to take responsibility for the consequences of her actions is a good thing, and she should be applauded for that, not fired or disciplined.

Far Too Far
Far Too Far

I'm suprised the customer wasn't invited to Lakewood Church so they could "straighten " him out.

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