As an RN – I have come across so many different types of people from so many different walks of life. People of different shapes, sizes and colors – with various different beliefs, morals, value systems, politics and experiences. Some of those people I have fallen in love with. Some of those people I can do without. Some I just hugged – – others I wished never to see again.
Be that as it may, I’m a nurse. My job is to provide care to patients no matter what. Yes, even if they are liberal Democrats – – I STILL overlooked it and provided care. Even during times where I didn’t agree with their decisions for their own healthcare – even when I
knew thought they were wrong.
The promiscuous teenager who kept coming back for treatment of STD’s – only to receive yet another lecture about safe sex. The 3 pack a day smoker who kept coming back in for refills of their inhalers – even after the diagnosis of lung cancer. The chronic back pain patient who just wouldn’t stop the weekend football league, no matter how much it hurt. The mothers who wouldn’t treat their kids because they were sure god would take care of it – nature’s way. The hippie chick who thought for sure that herbal vitamins would cure her gangrenous gallbladder.
I treated them all. Advised them all. Even knowing that they were doing things I necessarily did not agree with.
Who am I to judge? It’s not for me to say what is or isn’t right for your life. I can recommend and advise all I want – – but when you come back into my ER for treatment – – I will treat you, and give more advise that I know you will not follow.
Why am I ranting? Because this is wrong on so many levels – I can’t even begin to describe how wrong this is.
Pro-life pharmacists who refuse to fill birth control prescriptions because it, for those pro life radicals – anything that prevents conception is a form of abortion?? Hello?
First of all – and here’s a little Sex. Ed. for ya – – in order for it to be an abortion – – THE SPERM HAS TO MEET THE EGG FIRST! Birth control pills prevent that – – so shedding an unfertilized egg is now, somehow, abortion? How extreme have we become in this quest for the respect of life. I mean, respect life all you want – – but it has to be LIFE first, doesn’t it?
For a pharmacist, or any health care worker for that matter, to impose their religous belifs, moral values or any other convictions on their patients is just wrong. Are people not free to make their own decisions regarding their own healthcare treatment?
Could you imagine going into your local KMart – heading to the pharmacy to fill your birth control prescription, only to have the pharmacist say “I’m sorry, young lady – but it’s against my moral beliefs to fill this for you.” So, then you drive down the street to WalMart . . . Walgreen’s …. Eckert — same story everywhere.
Can I open a local drugstore and refuse to hire a pharmacist based on his moral/religous beliefs? Are we going to require a litmus test for our pharmacists now – as well as our Supreme Court judges?
Time to check all your local town pharmacies to find out where their pharmacy staff stands on the pro-life/pro-choice issue just to be sure you can be a big grown-up and make big grown up decisions regarding your own family planning without the interferrance of your local Walgreens (insert local pharmacy name here).