by Steven Ertelt
October 27, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates are continuing to apply pressure to Target Stores after a pharmacist at a Missouri location supposedly refused to fill a customer’s prescription for the morning after pill.
Target denies the incident ever occurred but Planned Parenthood is calling on its members to continue lobbying the discount retailer after getting a policy statement from it.
Following the alleged incident, Planned Parenthood called on its members to contact Target and the retail giant send out a form statement to most who emailed.
"Like many other retailers, Target has a policy that ensures a guest’s prescription for emergency contraception is filled, whether at Target or at a different pharmacy, in a timely and respectful manner," the store said.
"This policy meets the health care needs of our guests while respecting the diversity of our team members," Target added.
That’s not good enough for Karen Peal, the interim president of the nation’s largest abortion business.
"Target does not support a policy to have valid prescriptions for birth control, including emergency contraception, filled in-store without discrimination or delay," she wrote to Planned Parenthood supporters.
Pearl said the pro-abortion group has sent three letters to Target to get a full explanation of their policy on filling prescriptions for the morning after pill, which sometimes causes abortions.
She added that 60,000 Planned Parenthood members have contacted Target since the first began their campaign to lobby the retailer, though the group claims more than 1.5 million members.
Pearl also said that her group has been in contact with the 26 year-old Missouri woman who claimed her prescription was not filled and she is encouraging her to file a complaint with the Missouri Board of Pharmacy.
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.
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