Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Indiana Senate Approves Pharmacist Refusal Bill

The Indiana Senate has been busy, and that's not good for women.  Indianapolis Star:  Senate approves abortion-medicine bill:

The Senate today passed a bill that would let a pharmacist refuse to dispense medicines they believed will lead to abortion or assisted suicide.

The vote -- 30-18 -- erased an earlier defeat for the bill in the Senate....

Senate Bill 3, authored by Sen. Jeff Drozda, R-Westfield, has come under fire from some lawmakers, particularly women, and from Planned Parenthood of Indiana, who say it would allow a pharmacist to refuse to give a woman birth control.

Mifepristone, the early abortion pill, is dispensed directly by physicians.  So this refusal bill is likely to be invoked by pharmacists who are morally opposed to emergency contraception (EC), also known as the "morning after pill," which is an entirely different medication.  EC works to prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation, fertilization, or implantation.  It will not disrupt an existing pregnancy.

Here's a link to SB 3 (text and tracking).


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