by Steven Ertelt
October 20, 2005
Fenton, MO (LifeNews.com) — The battle over allowing pharmacists to opt out of dispensing morning after pills, which sometimes cause an abortion, moved to Missouri. In Fenton, a pharmacist at a Target store’s pharmacy told a customer that he would not fill her prescription for the Plan B pills and asserted he had a legal right to decline.
The incident, involving a 26 year-old woman on September 30 has prompted Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, to launch a nationwide protest.
"Planned Parenthood is demanding that pharmacists dispense medication, not moral judgment, and we need your voice to be heard, too," the group said in an alert this week to its members.
Planned Parenthood officials contacted the Minnesota-based retailer and tried to determine its national policy for when it allowed pharmacists to exercise their conscience and opt out of dispensing problematic drugs. According to its action alert, Target has not responded to their request.
In fact, in a response for a request for comment from the St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper, Target officials said they conducted an internal investigation and can find no evidence that the incident ever occurred.
The woman claiming to have her prescription denied told the newspaper it did, though her name wasn’t revealed.
"Pharmacies must ensure that women get their prescriptions filled in-store, without discrimination or delay," Planned Parenthood interim president Karen Pearl told her members as she urged them to contact Target to complain.
In addition to the online campaign, pro-abortion activists protested outside a Target distinct office in Bridgeton, Missouri.
Pro-life groups say they’re not surprised Planned Parenthood is getting involved.
"Whenever they can put unborn human life in danger, and women at risk, they do it and they do it for profit," said Pam Fichter, president of Missouri Right to Life.