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Monday, June 16, 2008

Coming Soon to a Strip Mall Near You

posted by on June 16 at 11:39 AM

Pro-life pharmacies. From the Washington Post:

When DMC Pharmacy opens this summer on Route 50 in Chantilly, the shelves will be stocked with allergy remedies, pain relievers, antiseptic ointments and almost everything else sold in any drugstore. But anyone who wants condoms, birth control pills or the Plan B emergency contraceptive will be turned away.

That’s because the drugstore, located in a typical shopping plaza featuring a Ruby Tuesday, a Papa John’s and a Kmart, will be a “pro-life pharmacy” — meaning, among other things, that it will eschew all contraceptives.

The pharmacy is one of a small but growing number of drugstores around the country that have become the latest front in a conflict pitting patients’ rights against those of health-care workers who assert a “right of conscience” to refuse to provide care or products that they find objectionable.

Pro-life pharmacies, naturally enough, do stock Viagra. Because a pill that allows a ninety year-old man to get it up and get one off could, if his seed is righteously implanted (i.e. not in his 90 year-old wife), create new life. Selling that same man a condom, on the other hand, or selling a condom to the traumatized hooker servicing him, could result in his precious, precious seed going to waste.

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It's ironic because the "typical shopping plaza" this pharmacy is located in makes me "anti-life."

Posted by Samson | June 16, 2008 12:01 PM

On the plus side, they'll probably go out of business in relatively short order.

Posted by flamingbanjo | June 16, 2008 12:03 PM

Cue a rousing chorus of "Every Sperm is Sacred"...

Seriously, shit like this makes me want to breed. Like, have 18 fucking children and raise them all to be fag-loving, safe-sex practicing, pro-choice, anti-war, Democrat voting liberals.

Because you know that conservative religious fundamentalists idealize clown-car-vagina families, and I'm uncomfortable with the idea that they're breeding more prodigiously than us.

Posted by Hernandez | June 16, 2008 12:05 PM

I guess it's their right, but who goes to the mall to buy condoms when you can buy them in bulk at Sam's Club?

Posted by elswinger | June 16, 2008 12:07 PM

Ruby Tuesday, Papa Johnís and Kmart?

Was this an example or a game of "Which of these is not like the others?"

Posted by Mike of Renton | June 16, 2008 12:09 PM

Pro-Life America! Just think: Back alley abortions for all Americans! Just think of taking a walk in the woods to find a rape victim having bleed to death after going to a "doctor" to abort the fetus that was the result of her father raping her. There she is, with crochet needles coming out of her vagina slowly slipping away.

THAT is the country I want! And that is what a vote for John McCain and Dino Rossi will provide for all of us! Praise Jesus!!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | June 16, 2008 12:24 PM

Wonder what they're going to do when the entire West Coast has Death With Dignity laws ....

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 16, 2008 12:35 PM

I think the closest Ruby Tuesday's is in Issaquah (I know because I want to try their Triple Prime Burger).

Posted by elswinger | June 16, 2008 12:52 PM

Too true, @3. Because, if God had NOT wanted 90 year-olds to still be able to produce young 'uns, he would have invented male menopause, no?

Posted by COMTE | June 16, 2008 12:53 PM

I honestly don't know, but is there a law saying you have to carry every medicine under the sun? Or are pharmacies like other retailers who are under no obligation to stock any one item?

Posted by Jason Josephes | June 16, 2008 1:04 PM

See what you get when business have a "moral code"? As long as all they care about is making money, you know where they're coming from. The second the are guided by God's law, or Sharia, or L Ron Hubbard, you get all kinds of trouble.

Posted by Westside forever | June 16, 2008 1:04 PM

I guess that concept could work, but I would think that market forces would actually put such pharmacies at a disadvantage. Consider the example of a 30 year old woman, who takes daily birth control pills along with other prescriptions. Would she patronize this pharmacy in order to get her non-contraceptive prescriptions filled and then go to another one just for birth control? Probably not. Most people seek a "one stop" solution for such things.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the communities where these no-contraception/family planning pharmacies will be located. My bet would be a serious rise in the spread of STDs and unplanned/unwanted pregnancies. It would be even worse if these new pharmacies do succeed in putting others out of business.

Some day we will look back on this "faith based" nonsense and wonder just what in the hell people were thinking.

Posted by Jonathon | June 16, 2008 1:31 PM

How about pharmacies that don't serve fucking "Christian" assholes.

Posted by Vince | June 16, 2008 1:38 PM

What nonsense. I'm sure they will do every bit as well as drug stores that don't sell cigarettes, and corner stores that don't sell booze.

Posted by Timothy | June 16, 2008 2:26 PM

They should be stripped of their PharmDs.

Posted by laterite | June 16, 2008 3:27 PM

COMTE should be applauding this; now pharmacists who find contraception immoral wont be forced to choose between being immoral and starvation.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 16, 2008 3:46 PM

I read this article in today's Washington Post. My office is about 2 miles from the location of this new pharmacy, and I had to wonder if people of faith lose their business sense when they embrace the misinterpretations of Jesus' teachings. Within a 5 mile radius of this new pharmacy is a Costco, a CVS, a K-Mart with a pharmacy, a Target, and probably more grocery stores with pharmacies and easy access to condoms. Since we're in the outer suburbs of DC, the grocery stores and drug stores don't even lock the condoms away from the buying public, like they do inside DC. As I read this article, I wondered if this pharmacy should not sell over the counter sleeping aids and pain killers. After all, suicide is a sin as well, and if someone were to use this stuff to kill themselves....I'm just saying.

Posted by Chris Tharrington | June 16, 2008 6:41 PM

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