Sunday, March 12, 2006

An Open Letter to Governor Gregoire

Below is a letter sent to Governor Gregoire in response to her defense of Planned Parenthood:

Dear Governor Gregoire,
I am writing to express my strong support for the right of the Pharmacy Association to provide a conscience clause for pharmacists who opt out of providing certain drugs that go against not only their religious or moral beliefs but of good medicine as well.

I realize that there are varying opinions among pharmacists on the Emergency Contraception drug in particular. However, the opinion of many pharmacists and doctors that the drug is an abortafacient is a professional opinion based in science. Washington State law already provides a conscience clause for doctors who choose not to provide abortions so it should follow that pharmacists should have the same option to not provide a drug that essentially does the same.

Governor Gregoire, I also happen to know that you are a Catholic and should know full well that the moral law that the Catholic Church upholds applies to all of mankind, but has special weight upon Catholics and particularly Catholics who hold power in public office. I appeal to your conscience, Governor Gregoire. Please do not forbid good pharmacists from excercising their consciences.

Michelle McIntyre


Anonymous said...

As long as there is another pharmacist on duty who will fill the prescription I have no problem with your opinion on this matter. I would be quite pissed if I couldn't get the plan B if I was at your pharmacy though and if I was forced to go to another one.

Mary E. said...

Wouldn't you like to be free of that kind of anger about something so unimportant?