Talk about cross-branding and one-stop shopping. Now when you visit your local pharmacist you can get a religious sermon, too. Eventually, you may not even have to go to church on Sundays. You can try to get a prescription filled, such as morning-after pills, and get your hell and damnation sermon at the same time. With the way the religious right underground movement is working in America, you might eventually even get to tell your confessions and then receive the sacrament while waiting for your prescriptions to be filled.
Recently, four more states – Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Dakota – gave pharmacists the right to refuse to fill prescriptions if they are morally against the purpose of the drug, such as emergency contraception.
California, the bellwether state that it is, is the first state considering whether to create a law that requires pharmacists to fill orders, whether they find them morally reprehensible or not. Let’s hope the lawmakers use common sense.
Here’s a scenario. Let’s say ten years from now a miracle cancer drug comes on the market. The magic bullet everyone has been waiting for. You’re elated. Your doctor hands over a prescription that is going to cure your cancer. You race to the pharmacist, but he says he won’t fill it because stem-cell research was used to create the drug. “Sorry, but you’re just going to have to suffer and die. It’s God’s plan.”
Farfetched? Why is this scenario any different than morning-after pills?
I can see it now, the next new pharmacy chain…”God’s Drugs.”