Blunt Backs Legislation for Pharmacists

1 decade 2 years 6 months ago Monday, December 05 2005 Dec 5, 2005 Monday, December 05, 2005 5:18:37 PM CST December 05, 2005 in News

Governor Blunt is backing proposed legislation that would let pharmacists refuse to fill certain prescriptions. Namely, the day-after birth control pill.

Jefferson City pharmacist Paul Vossen said, "We don't carry. We won't order. We won't dispense."

That's legal because Missouri has no law requiring pharmacists to fill all prescriptions. 

At Whaley's Pharmacy in Jefferson City, you can find everything from cherry soda to canes, but the one thing you won't find is Plan B, known as the Morning-After Pill which prevents pregnancy if a woman takes it within 72 hours after intercourse.

Governor Blunt wants to ensure pharmacists continue to have the right to choose what pills they carry and dispense.

The governor's spokeswoman, Jessica Robinson, said, "It's not about banning pills or banning medication. It's just about ensuring that pharmacists aren't required to stock them if they choose not to." 

But, critics say women have a constitutional right to the Morning-After Pill.

Columbia Democratic Representative Jeff Harris said, "I think it's important to not outlaw birth control in this state. Time will tell if pharmacists like Vossen can continue to choose which prescriptions he will fill."

Harris said he wants to shift the focus from controversial issues like Plan B and apply it to issues like adoption.

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