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Should pharmacists be allowed to refuse to dispense contraception based on their personal beliefs?

Response Percent Votes
81% 863
16% 174
Not sure
1% 21
Total 1058


toe 1 year, 11 months ago

Government. It never lasts because it never works.


tomatogrower 1 year, 11 months ago

If they don't want to do it, don't become a pharmacist. Can an extreme Christian Scientist become a pharmacist, then refuse to dispense any medicine, because they don't believe in it? Can an herbalist refuse to dispense any chemical meds? If the guy (and it will probably be a guy, I know, I'm being sexist), does that, then fire him. A responsible pharmacy would not hire anyone like that. Good luck finding a job.


oldexbeat 1 year, 11 months ago

This conversation was held in 1900. Contraceptives of a type were not legal. That changed. We have benefitted greatly from limited population growth. Many women need oral birthcontrol to stop other medical issues, such as ovarian cysts.

Why, oh why is this becoming an issue now ? Red Herring. Just another way for politicians to say " We are better than you and will control your mind and actions." Same politicians that bow to a foreign government and believe that an old guy with some Nazi background has the direct ear of a god. Yup.


James Minor 1 year, 11 months ago

It is the right of the individual to determine if they want to take contraception and that decision should not be infringed on by anyone. If a pharmacist objects to giving contraception they should not practice pharmacy. Their job is to dispense medication properly, and not go against the decisions of an individual and their doctor.


Machiavelli_mania 1 year, 11 months ago

IF the pharmacist owns the business, I think they should be allowed to refrain from selling birth control.

If the pharmacist does not own the business, I think they should be totally and absolutely bound to the policies that are set forth by the owners of the business. They should always defer that decision to the owners of the business.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I immediately tend to look down upon people who have more than two children. One child is preferable, IMHO. But two could be allowed. If the family has greater than two children, my opinion is that they do not have their gonads in control and that they care very little for the rest of the population and the systems that enable our expanded standards of living.

Three children or more is excessive. That is my humble opinion.

I am pro-choice. A woman should have the choice on when and if she wants to parent. She should be able to abort at any time within the gestational period.

I refuse to believe that women should be religious victims to their own biological equipment.

And you should all know, as recent research indicates, that the super religious zealots have far less motivated by that grand Christ-like quality of compassion for others in this world than an atheist or lessor religiously inclined. What do you suppose that is?

Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than are non-believers April 30, 2012 in Psychology & Psychiatry "Love thy neighbor" is preached from many a pulpit. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that the highly religious are less motivated by compassion when helping a stranger than are atheists, agnostics and less religious people.


Mercy 1 year, 11 months ago

If you believe your right to obtain contraceptive/abortifacient beliefs trump another person rights then find a pharmacist who will fill your perscription. The same holds true for doctors and abortion as well as for doctors and those wanting help killing themselves.


toe 1 year, 11 months ago

It is no right of government to say ya or nay. Pretty soon, you will have to apply for a license to have children and everyone will have to wear immunization tags in plain site.


jonas_opines 1 year, 11 months ago

My religious beliefs are that we are made in God's image, and his will brings us sickness and health. Therefore, it is against my beliefs for anybody to be provided any synthetically created medicine that is not found readily in nature. I work for a pharmacy, and my employer is getting angry at me because I will not hand out prescriptions to most of the drugs on the shelves. But he has no right to trample on my religious liberty.


Liberty275 1 year, 11 months ago

No American should ever be compelled by government to sell anything, ever. Period.


Bailey Perkins 1 year, 11 months ago

You can't deny someone serve based on your beliefs. That would be the same as a restaurant (or any business really) denying a customer service.

A yogurt/ice cream shop in Springfield, MO tried to deny participants at Skepticon IV serve due to their beliefs or lack there of. It's against the law and shouldn't happen, no matter the service.


Alexander Smith 1 year, 11 months ago

Simplly put. They get tax breaks and right-offs for providing the services they do. Peoples health is in question and like a doctor the swear to a code of ethics to help those medially in need. if they cannot uphold that code then they should go flip burgers at McDonalds.


Charlie Bannister 1 year, 11 months ago

OPTIMIST you are incredible! You have put the exclamation point on this issue.

Now may I get off the subject a little? Instead of talking about the "rights" of people to purchase contraception, we ought to be talking about a subject I just read an article on at It talks about all of the sicko kid pornographers that have invaded Facebook and are sharing pictures of naked children and videos of adults having sex with them. This is all going on under the nose of Facebook, who has done nothing to stop it. It is illegal, it is sick, it is immoral, and it is just plain EVIL!!! Why is Facebook allowing this? That is the kind of thing we need to be discussing and doing something about. This makes me so mad I want to scream!!!


optimist 1 year, 11 months ago

The phrasing of this question is a reflection of the country we live in today. There was a time we might ask; does the Government have the authority to force a private citizen or privately owned business to partake in commerce or other activity that violates their conscience? There was a time when the unequivocal answer would have been a resounding NO. Government has no role here. This isn't about religion or the lack there of. This isn't about women's rights or sex ed in school. This is about individual freedom for all to choose for themselves and for all to suffer or relish in the consequences of their decisions.


purplesage 1 year, 11 months ago

It is the same question faced by a press operator a few years back whose personal beliefs about pornography led him to object to be assigned to print it.

The one-sided attitude of the pro-death crowd is certainly peculiar. Nobody should tell anyone how to live their life, they claim from one side of the mouth while demanding that professionals in the medical / pharmaceutical field violate their conscience for the ease and convenience of their position.

How about you find a pharmacist without pro-life convictions if you are going to kill your baby with his/her help?

Don't make others morally liable for you decisions.


demonfury 1 year, 11 months ago

That would be like a vegetarian working at McDonald's. Are you serious ??? I second radiohawk, shut up and do your job. If you don't like it, change jobs. What have we come to in this country? It's completely ridiculous how bad we have become in our thought process that we have supreme entitlement and demand for absolute individual freedom.


Patricia Davis 1 year, 11 months ago

If you believe your religious beliefs trump another person legal choice for health, don't become a pharmacist. In order to protect people's rights to get their legal prescriptions filled, pharmacy schools should not admit those whose religious views are more important than doing the job.


jonas_opines 1 year, 11 months ago

Yeah, if its their own business, then they should be allowed to do what they want.

If they're working for someone else, then no. If it interferes with your personal belief system, then quit and find a job that does not. Or get over it, realize that you're probably not right and that you have no place trying to make decisions for other people, and do what you're being paid to do.


CWGOKU 1 year, 11 months ago

I suppose it would make a difference whether or not the pharmacist owns the pharmacy. Then again, dumb question


Kyle Neuer 1 year, 11 months ago

As long as it's legal, shut up and do your job.


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