The Star Ledger issued a correction on Jun 14:
An article Tuesday said pharmacists would be legally obligated to set aside their moral and religious beliefs and fill any prescription under a bill approved by the Assembly. The amended bill makes the pharmacy, not the individual pharmacists, responsible for filling prescriptions.
We can infer that the legal prescription in question is emergency contraception. It is disconcerting to believe that pharmacists don’t know that the mechanism of action is primarily prevention of ovulation or the production of an ovum which is more resistant to fertilization. Perhaps there is another reason?
Published evidence clearly indicates that Plan B can interfere with sperm migration by altering the cervical and uterine environment, and that preovulatory use of Plan B usually suppresses the LH surge either completely or partially, which in turn either prevents ovulation or leads to the release of ova that are resistant to fertilization. Epidemiological evidence rules strongly against interruption of fallopian tube function by Plan B. Evidence that would support direct involvement of endometrial damage or luteal dysfunction in Plan B’s contraceptive mechanism is either weak or lacking altogether. Both epidemiologic and clinical studies of Plan B’s efficacy in relation to the timing of ovulation are inconsistent with the hypothesis that Plan B acts to prevent implantation.
Slippery slope, what’s next? Refuse to stock HIV meds (then I won’t have to deal with teh gays)? Bring your wife and your marriage license to the pharmacy to fill your viagra prescription? No hormones for the transgendered?
“A potentially problematic issue is pharmacies that prohibit the sale of emergency contraception, even when they sell ordinary birth control pills,” says Cynthia Dailard, senior public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute. “There is no rational reason to single out emergency contraception for less favorable treatment than other contraceptive pills. Both types of pills work in the same way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy, and how they work depends more on when in a woman’s menstrual cycle the pills are taken than on when the woman last had sexual intercourse.”
Among the anti-choice Republicans to vote NO to making pharmacies fill legal prescriptions, was my Assemblyman and State Senate candidate Bill Baroni, which, for me, settles the claim as to whether he can be counted among progressives in the legislature.
I wonder what he would tell Suzanne?
By the time Suzanne Richards, 21, finally got another pharmacy to fill her morning-after pill prescription — after being rejected by a drive-through Brooks Pharmacy in Laconia, N.H., one late Saturday night in September — the 72 hours had long passed.
“When he told me he wouldn’t fill it, I just pulled over in the parking lot and started crying,” said Richards, a single mother of a 3-year-old who runs her own cleaning service. “I just couldn’t believe it. I was just trying to be responsible.”