Sunday, January 23, 2011

Idaho: Don't Be a Woman in This State. Just Don't.

Congratulations, Idaho!  You've proved yourself to be the dickbaggiest state when it comes to a woman's right to choose.

Planned Parenthood filed a complaint with the Idaho Board of Pharmacy alleging that on November 6th, a Planned Parenthood patient came to a Nampa Walgreens seeking to fill her prescription to treat uterine bleeding.  The patient was turned away because the pharmacist felt that the bleeding MIGHT have been the result of an abortion.

See, ladies?  Not a Macy's in sight.  Don't move here.

"The prescription was for a Planned Parenthood patient for Methergine, a medicine used to prevent or control bleeding of the uterus following childbirth or an abortion.

"'Methergine is not an abortifacient and it serves multiple purposes in postpartum care,' the practitioner wrote in her complaint. 'I believe the pharmacist wrongly applied the conscience protections.'

"The Idaho Legislature passed a law last year that gives pharmacists and other health care providers the right to refuse to provide any health care service or dispense any drugs that violate their conscience. Lawmakers could readdress the issue this session."

Apparently the pharmacist called the nurse practitioner that wrote the prescription to inquire as to why the prescription was needed, and invoked the conscience clause when the nurse refused to give the information based on patient confidentiality.

This is why laws like this don't fucking work.  How the hell is it my pharmacist's place to go seeking out my personal information?  It isn't.  Hey!  Morality police and whackjob fascists!  I have some advice for you:  Do your fucking job and leave your Bible at home.

[Idaho Press]

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