Politics Olympia Pharmacy Refuses to Stock Morning-After Pill
The owner of Ralph’s Thriftway in Olympia tells the Olympian: “I just think people have to choose when they believe life begins. There are questions about this drug on that issue.”
No, there aren’t. Plan B works exactly like regular birth control, preventing pregnancy by preventing ovulation, fertilization or, in some rare cases, implantation of a fertilized egg. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say pregnancy begins at implantation, not fertilization. Thus the approximately 50 percent of fertilized eggs that don’t attach to women’s uterine walls are not tiny human beings: they’re eggs that women’s bodies failed to nurture.
The state Board of Pharmacy recently passed a draft rule that will, if adopted in August, allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for moral reasons.
The silver lining: Customers of Ralph’s are making their displeasure known by organizing a boycott of the fundamentalist grocer.