Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Those pesky anti-choicers

As this is my first post here at Ebolaville, I'll take a brief second to introduce myself: I'm Twiggy, the Joe Ebola sans Y chromosome (for all those of you out there who know nothing of genetics, that means I am female).
That said, being the resident female poster for this blog, this scares the everloving shit out of me...


It's official: Americans can no longer take prescription birth control for granted. Yesterday, Monday, July 25, anti-choice representatives in the U.S. House made it clear that they support pharmacies that refuse to fill birth-control prescriptions - and that women have no right to birth control.

The radical right's campaign to stop birth control
The House Small Business Committee held a hearing on whether pharmacies should be allowed to refuse to fill women's prescriptions. Anti-choice Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told a witness, who had been denied birth control and emergency contraception by her pharmacist, that she had no "right" to her prescriptions - she only believed she did. Anti-choice Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) told a witness whose prescription had also been rejected by a hostile pharmacist, that her "minor inconvenience" - that is, risking an unintended pregnancy - was nothing compared to the "conscience" of a pharmacist.

The right's anti-birth control campaign doesn't stop in Washington, DC. Across the country, the radical right has engaged pharmacies in its campaign to block women's access to birth control. Women like Julee Lacey, a 32-year-old married mother of two and first-grade teacher from Texas, are being turned away by vigilante pharmacists who think it's their job to dispense morals instead of medicine.

Now, as many as 20 states officially protect pharmacists like Karen Brauer, president of Pharmacists for Life, who says she'd lecture women customers to get off the pill. Other states are pursuing an even more aggressive strategy. Just last month Wisconsin passed a bill to block state universities from filling birth control prescriptions.


Once my seething, seething rage has subsided a bit, I will add personal opinions to this entry. If I were to do such a thing now, they would consist largely of profanity and very little else. Goddamn anti-choicers.


Blogger Joe Ebola said...

Yeah, good call on this Twiggy. How DARE a freaking pharmacist think he knows better than a woman's own doctor?!? Who the fuck do they think are to force their personal "morals" on anyone? They're doing a fucking job. They're getting paid to dispense medications that doctors prescribe. End of story. Pharmacisits aren't doctors. They aren't politicians. They used to work at the fucking film counter fer chrissakes. If you really and truly have a problem selling a woman birth control for moral reasons, the you are in the wrong line of business. Quit your job and go start a ministry.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Twiggy said...

What gets me the most about this is that quite a few women (myself included in this list until about four years ago) actually take birth control for reasons other than "killing teh OMG precious baaaaybeeeeez" (as those crazed right wingers would have you believe). Now, Im getting into Too Much Info Land here, but some people take birth control because without it, period pains would be completely and utterly debilitating; while others still take forms of it to stop their periods all together (those who say... could bleed to death as a result).

Honestly, as sad as this is to say... I'm just waiting for the day when one of these fuckjob fundies refuses to fill a b/c scrip for someone who medically needs it-- only to have the person suffer a reaction and sue the everloving shit out of the pharmicist.

6:48 AM  

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