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Wal-Mart and the morning after pill update

Tish at Knoxviews posts an update:

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts pharmacy board ordered Wal-Mart to stock emergency contraception pills at all its stores in Massachusetts. Massachusetts is the second state to require the world’s largest retailer to carry the morning after pill.

The unanimous decision by the pharmacy board came two weeks after three women, backed by abortion rights groups, sued Wal-Mart for failing to carry the drug in any of its 44 Wal-Marts and four Sam’s Club stores in Massachusetts. The women had argued that state policy required pharmacies to carry all “commonly prescribed medicines.”

As Bruce would say:

Massachusetts: Live free or there.

5 Responses to “Wal-Mart and the morning after pill update”

  1. _Jon Says:

    It’s the law.
    If the citizens don’t like a law that requires all licensed pharmacies to carry all “commonly prescribed medicines”, then they should work to have that law changed.

    The obsessions with the relation to birth control / abortion makes it seem…. obsessed.

  2. Curtis Stone Says:

    I agree with you that it’s the law and, as such, will be enforced.

    It’s pretty sad that it IS a law…don’t professional pharmacists have a right to follow their conscience? Are all doctors required to perform abortion on demand? What’s the difference?

    It would be really cool if Walmart simply closed all their pharmacies in the two totalitarian societies that have such a tyrranical rule. They won’t though. Profit motive and all that.

    “Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic.”
    — Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

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  4. tgirsch Says:


    Suppose an anti-gun person gets a job as a cashier at Wal-Mart. Does that cashier have the right to “follow their conscience” and refuse to scan ammunition? Actually, yes they do, but that will probably cost them their job. So their right boils down to, if you don’t want to scan ammo, don’t work at a place that sells it. I don’t see how it should be any different for a pharmacist. If you oppose dispensing certain approved medications, then don’t be a pharmacist.

  5. tgirsch Says:


    “It would be really cool if Walmart simply closed”

    If you ended the statement there, I’d totally be with you. 😉