Pharmacists And Doctors In Kansas Can Now Deny Women Access To Birth Control And Chemotherapy
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed a bill yesterday that will allow pharmacists in the state to refuse to fill a prescription they think could be used to induce abortion. But since the “conscience” measure says they cannot be required to provide a drug or devise that they think “may result in the termination of a pregnancy” — but does not define which drug in particular — the law’s opponents say it could allow a pharmacist to interfere with a woman’s health care by refusing to distribute birth control or emergency contraception.
Women who already have difficulty obtaining contraception may face additional hurdles, according to Julie Burkhart, founder of an abortion-rights group in Wichita, Kansas:
Burkhart said the law could create a hardship for women in small towns with a sole pharmacist who may refuse to fill certain prescriptions. In larger cities, women will have to make sure they go to a cooperative pharmacist, she added.
“Women should not have to go armed with a lot of research when looking for a physician or pharmacist in the community,” Burkhart said.
No pharmacist could be fired for refusing to fill such prescriptions, and doctors can refuse to refer patients to pharmacists who would fill a birth control prescription.
Additionally, the Associated Press had reported that the law could “allow a doctor to refuse to provide chemotherapy to a pregnant cancer patient because it might end her pregnancy.”
Brownback’s office justified his signing by saying the bill “gives more legal protection to Kansas health care providers who refuse to participate in abortions” based on their conscience. Kansas already had a law that allowed medical professionals to refuse to assist in abortion procedures.
While Kansas lawmakers failed to pass a sweeping anti-abortion bill that would have required doctors to give false information to their patients, the expanded “conscience” law is just one of several laws recently approved in the state that undermine women’s health and well being.
So thankful I decided not to move to Kansas for college. Fuck everything.
You know society’s really fucked up when it prefers to save the life of an unborn child rather than the life of the mother that’s carrying it
It’s not even an unborn child! They have the right to refuse to give you the ability to take a pill that would prevent you from becoming pregnant in the first place!
That’s not even counting the women who take hormonal birth control for other reasons such as PMDD and hormone disorders like myself because your pharmacist, who knows nothing about WHY you choose to take birth control, and has no right to know why, “doesn’t feel right”. fgjbfkjgbg The fuck? How does that even make sense?
The women of America needs to do like Lysistrate until this war on women’s rights is over and women have had their rights given back to them. Just buy a damn good sex toy and don’t have sex with anyone but those who are opposed to this idiocy until you are considered to be human beings again.