Target Says Its Pharmacists Can Refuse To Fill Morning After Pill Prescriptions… | The Huffington Post,
Target Corp. is defending its policy on filling prescriptions for emergency contraception after the Planned Parenthood Federation of America accused the retailer of disrespecting customers’ reproductive rights.
Target allows pharmacists to choose not to fill requests for emergency contraception, also known as Plan B, if it is against their religious beliefs.
I already have a priest, and he doesn’t work at Target, thank you.
. . . So let’s ask Target if they also support the following Target employees:
– Check out clerks who verify how fat you are before selling you that package of potato chips?
– Pharmacists who don’t want to fill prescriptions for Jewish customers who killed Christ.
– Pharmacists who don’t want to help customers who worship a “Satanic counterfeit” (read: “The Pope,” in fundie-speak).
– Pharmacists who only dispense HIV medicine to “innocent victims” of AIDS.
– Pharmacists who want proof that women seeking emergency contraception were really raped, and that they didn’t “deserve it.”
– Pharmacists (or cashiers) who are Christian Scientists – can they refuse to sell any medicine, even aspirin, to anyone?
– Pharmacists who won’t sell birth control pills to unmarried women, condoms to unmarried men, or any birth control at all because God doesn’t want people spilling their seed.
– Can fundamentalist Christian employees refuse to interact with gay people in any way, shape or form since gays are sinners, abominations, biological errors, and very likely pedophiles?
[. . .] Target can’t pick and choose which civil rights it wants to grant its uber-Christian employees.
. . . Is Target now in the business of deciding, Solomon-like, which religious beliefs are valid and which are not? Sure sounds like they just did.
If the culture war is going retail, we libs have some serious clout There isn’t some stupid structural impediment involved in this battle — an electoral college or federalist system that dilutes our influence. This one’s all about the numbers.
Target needs to understand that this latest is not a battle over the morning after pill, it is about birth control in general, and that the majority isn’t going to stand for it.
It’s time to start telling corporations that it is not their job to enforce right-wing Christianity on us. And as Digby says, this is one where we have all the power.