Tuesday, April 12, 2005

SO, Walmart answered my letter of protest-----and they not only want to roll back prices, they want to roll back time........

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you for contacting us at Walmart.com regarding women's prescriptions for birth control. Your comments and concerns are very important to us as we strive to meet your needs. Wal-Mart does not carry emergency contraceptives. Our pharmacists may decline to fill a prescription based on personal convictions. However, they must find another pharmacist, either at Wal-Mart or another pharmacy, who can assist you by filling your prescription. Again, we thank you for your comments regarding this issue.
Customer Service at Walmart.com
A few days ago I signed this, in order to protest the fact that, pharmacists can, and have refused to fill Birth Control prescriptions, if that action goes against their personal convictions. There is a law called the Conscience Clause that permits medical personnel to decline to perform a procedure or participate in one that is against their personal convictions. When I signed the above, a letter in my name went to 5 major American pharmacies, requesting that Birth Control be sold, irregardless of their respective pharmacists personal convictions.

After all, they are only being asked to fill Birth Control scripts....... not perform late trimester abortions, pull a feeding tube, etc. Just fill the script and sell the pill or the patch, or emergency contraceptives, or whatever form of birth control the woman has driven to the pharmacy for..
So far, only Walfart has replied to the letter.
And I don't like their answer, so I will be sending off a reply to their reply, and advising them that contrary to what they wrote, I am not a valued customer, never was, never will be, and will do what I can to ensure that NO-ONE shops at their stores..
Does it grate against their personal convictions to fill a script for Viagra??? Doubt it. Would they refuse to fill a script that a physician wrote for any other need of her patient? Doubt it.

Background info on the "Conscience Clause" law.
Background info on Karen Brauer, President of "Pharmacists For Life" ,who was fired for not filling a bc script.
What could possibly be offensive about Birth Control? More people should use it. LOTS more people. LOTS.


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