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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Now Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is not radical enough to work at Rite Aid

Tolerance. Diversity. Broad-mindedness. Those are the words.
Bullying. Discriminating. Compelling. Those are the deeds.
The contradictory words and deeds often come from one and the same individuals--and in a case I learned about today, companies. Turns out the words of tolerance, diversity and broad-mindedness only apply to those who comply with the dogma and submit to the will of the speakers.
Here's an email I received this morning from a pharmacist member of the Christian Medical Association:
"Subject: Forced to resign over mandate to sell the morning after pill.
"Just to let you know that Rite-Aid corporation came out with a stricter policy on July 5, 2013 that requires all employees to accommodate the sale of the morning-after pill to all comers, of either gender and of any age.  I tendered my resignation within the hour, it was accepted, and my last work day is July 20th.  I realize that I am an 'at will' employee and I do not expect any recourse. Just for your information to add me to the list of those quitting pharmacy solely because of the policy change.  Keep up the good work. The battle rages.  The Lord is able to supply our needs."
Remember that even the Obama administration health department opposed the unlimited sale of the morning-after pill, citing health concerns. So presumably, even the radically pro-abortion Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, is not radical enough to work at Rite Aid.
Unfortunately, Secretary Sebelius and President Obama trashed the only federal regulation protecting health care professionals from discrimination and firings for reasons of conscience. They and other abortion advocates also can't seem to muster enough liberality to support the tolerant, diversity-respecting and broad-minded principles of the Healthcare Conscience Rights Act (S 1204 and HR 940). 
While the regulation and the law apply specifically to government-funded programs, each can help establish an environment of true respect for conscience, tolerance and diversity that will protect health care professionals nationwide. Until then, pharmacists, obstetricians and family docs who still adhere to the Hippocratic oath and faith tenets remain subject to job loss, discrimination and ostracism for their life-affirming views.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I FEEL THAT IT IS THE SOLE RIGHT OF THE PERSONS ACTING ON CREATING THE NEED FOR SUCH A MEDICINE, TO EITHER USE IT OR NOT. ANYONE ELSE ABRIDGING THAT RIGHT IS WRONG IN TRYING TO EMPRESS THEIR PERSONAL POSITION ON SOMEONE CARRYING OUT WHAT THEY FEEL THE NEED TO DO! I AM PRO-CHOICE ALL THE WAY...

Anonymous said...

Saving a life/lives is not "a position" it is a blessing! Kathleen is storing up her treasure in Heaven...thank you Kathleen for standing up w/courage.."fearing God is the beginning of Wisdom"..you are wise Kathleen and God will honor that!

Anonymous said...

I guess our family will find a new pharmacy for our use. This is a little too much for me. Thank you Kathleen for standing on your principals.

T.W. said...

This is a scary policy that needs to be changed. Because pharmacists cannot question giving this pill to anyone regardless of gender or age and this is now known in public media, what is to stop rapists from using this one their victims? Put this pill back in the doctor's office where it belongs!

T.W. said...

And I do know that the major point has to do with conscience, which I applaud this person for standing up for her beliefs and the laws that God has given us. I too think that abortions are wrong, and we need to allow anyone to express any discomfort they have in selling anything.

Anonymous said...

I too will withdraw my RX and shopping at Rite-Aid. This is too much, and gives absolutely no protection to young women. Or any woman caught in an abusive relationship, be it parents, a boyfriend, or someone sexually abusing her. These things are just too dangerous to be used like bubble gum.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting that you state "I am pro-choice all the way," and yet the pharmacist is not given a choice that would effect her deeply.

Anonymous said...

Pharmacists are healthcare PRACTITIONERS, NOT PROVIDERS. They are not a dispensing machine akin to a vending machine. Their actions as practitioners must be consistent with their consciences or else they are lessened as practitioners if mandated to violate their conscience. There is a legitimate reason why these medications must "pass through the hands" of a professional.

Anonymous said...

Interesting read. I would be for her if she focused more on improving areas of need, such as human services management
-Jon