Per the online session information this misguided Senate Bill will make it so that:
Provides that a person may not be required, as a condition of training, employment, pay, promotion, or privileges, to dispense: (1) a medical device or drug that may result in an abortion; or (2) a birth control device or medication.
This Bill came about because a few pharmacists feel that they should be allowed to pick and choose which drugs and devices they dispense.
I understand that some pharmacists have religious convictions that may cause them to believe that abortion and birth control are wrong. We all have our own opinions and I respect other people’s opinions.
Pharmacists should dispense the drugs and devices that are prescribed by Doctors. That is the job of a pharmacist, PERIOD.
If I owned a pharmacy and one of my pharmacists refused to issue birth control pills to one of our customers, I would fire the pharmacist. Senate Bill 0004 would make it so the pharmacist could not be fired in the above situation.
Imagine this situation if you would. Let’s say a Doctor prescribes birth control pills to a woman to help her regulate her period so she can get pregnant. Can you imagine this woman going to a pharmacy to fill this prescription and having a pharmacist refuse to fill the prescription? I imagine the woman in question would have a strong reaction against the pharmacist and the pharmacy. I would not blame her.
Imagine this situation if you would. Let’s say a group of people who are against abortion and birth control decide to all apply for jobs at Planned Parenthood. Let’s assume that some of these people get hired by Planned Parenthood. Does that mean these new employees can refuse to assist people who want to obtain an abortion or birth control devices?
We need less government regulation. Regulation is driving up the costs of everything. This Bill needs to die a painful death.
This misguided Senate Bill was written by Senator Drozda.
Chairman of the Libertarian party of Allen County