by Steven Ertelt
March 9, 2007
Cincinnati, OH (LifeNews.com) — After a Georgia woman was denied the morning after pill at a Kroger grocery store in Georgia, abortion advocates have launched a national campaign urging it to stock the drug at all of its stores. Kroger has a policy that local stores can determine if they want to sell any over the counter drug.
Carrie Baker went to her local Kroger last December and the pharmacist there wouldn’t sell her the morning after pill.
Upset, she contacted a pro-abortion group and she and NARAL’s Georgia affiliate plan to hold a press conference today blasting the Ohio-based Kroger for denying her the drug.
While major pharmacy chains such as CVS, Rite-Aid and Walgreen are carrying the Plan B drug in their stores and have put policies in place to make sure customers can purchase the drug at every store, Kroger has different guidelines.
A spokesperson for Kroger, told the Associated Press that Kroger has a similar policy for prescription medications but not for over-the-counter drugs. As a result, each store sets its own policy on drugs like Plan B.
But, Meghan Glynn, a Kroger spokeswoman, said that pharmacists at their stores have a duty to make accommodations to have that prescription filled for our customer."
"We believe that medication is a private patient matter," she said. "Our role as a pharmacy operator is to furnish medication in accordance with the doctor’s prescription or as requested by a patient."
Dionne Vann, director of the pro-abortion Georgia group, complained about that.
"This is beyond a question of someone’s values," Vann told AP, adding, "This is an over-the-counter product that should be dispensed to women without any question."
Sadie Fields, director of the Georgia Christian Alliance, disagreed and said that making the morning after pill generally available would be dangerous for teenagers, who can get other people to purchase it for them.
Drug stores across the country started selling the morning after pill over the counter last November after the FDA allowed such sales in August. However, the FDA put in place a requirement that the drug only be dispensed to people over the age of 18.
A December 2005 poll conducted by HCD Research of Flemington, New Jersey, surveyed 859 pharmacists and found 69 percent of pharmacists believe they should have the ability to decline filling prescriptions for the morning after pill.
The firm conducted the poll after news of four Illinois pharmacists fired from Walgreens stores near St. Louis after they said they would not fill orders for the Plan B drug because of their views on it.
HCD Research found that just 29 percent of those pharmacists polled believed Walgreens was justified in putting the pharmacists on unpaid leave.
ACTION: Go to https://www.kroger.com/contactus.htm to find contact information for Kroger stores to express your opinion.