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Wal-Mart sued over access to contraception

February 2, 2006

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— Backed by abortion rights groups, three Massachusetts women sued Wal-Mart on Wednesday, accusing the retail giant of violating a state regulation by failing to stock emergency contraception pills in its pharmacies.

The lawsuit seeks to force the company to carry the morning-after pill in Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores in Massachusetts.

The plaintiffs argued that state policy requires pharmacies to provide all "commonly prescribed medicines."

Dan Fogleman, a spokesman for Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart, said the company "chooses not to carry many products for business reasons."

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offtotheright 8 years, 2 months ago

Why do you think Walmart shouldn't have a say on what they do or do not sell?

They are damned if they do, and damned if they don't!

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cowboy 8 years, 2 months ago

Religious beleifs should be kept personal and a legal prescription should be dispensed with out question or comment. This pharacist should be fired on the spot.

i worked for a guy who after his alcoholic recovery and born again experience tried to have prayers at the beginning of each staff meeting , Im not anti religion but it does not belong in a publicly held company staff meeting , I discreetly objected and was hit with a rath of scorn from this jackass , luckily I was backed up bt the corporate HR people and this guy cooled his jets quickly but the point is keep your faith where it belongs.

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Ragingbear 8 years, 2 months ago

Wal-Mart is constantly being blamed for chasing out other businesses. Think about it, there are some places that Wal-Mart is the only place where you can shop for certain things for miles around. Now if they decided that they didn't want to carry something like nitroglycerin patches, or insulin because of some moral belief, then they would be eaten alive.

The pharmacist job is to dispense stuff that was prescribed. They do not have the right to deny things to patients on their own moral grounds. They don't know the story. The morning after pill is commonly given to rape victims. Imagine women being forced to carry children of the person who violated them. Now think about what type of life that kid is going to have. Now think about what type of person that kid will end up growing into. There is already some evidence that some rapist are predisposed by certain genes. There is other evidence that shows that most rapist are such a way due to some sort of chemical imbalance that is linked to genes. Although trying to argue that it's genetic should never fly.

Such is the type of cycles that are produced when people who are not supposed to let their own beliefs stand in the way of them doing thier jobs let them.

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kansasdaughter 8 years, 2 months ago

As much as I dislike walmart, I agree that they shouldn't be required to sell a product they don't want to sell.

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