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Woman refused emergency contraception at Target

Target‘s in deep doo-doo now. Man, I hate to be mad at this retailer, but this blows big time.

Via AmericaBlog, the latest in corporate womb control. A woman is unable to get emergency contraception filled at the red bulleye.

A 26-year-old Missouri woman was refused EC when she handed her prescription to a pharmacist at a Target store in Fenton, MO, on September 30. The woman was told by the pharmacist, “I won’t fill it. It’s my right not to fill it.” She was told that she could go to a local Walgreens instead. The woman said, “When the pharmacist told me she wouldn’t [fill the prescription], I went from disbelief to shock to anger. I guess I’m still pretty angry. It seems unbelievable to me that a medical professional could/would deny access to a federally approved drug and impose their personal beliefs in a professional setting. I am also grateful that I did not need it filled at that time. I don’t know how it would be if I had just been raped or if the condom broke and I was a feeling confusion and panic anyway — and then was denied access and told to go across the street.”

There are several major corporations that have not declared what their policies are regarding pharmacists with “ethical or religious objections” to filling certain prescriptions. This is bull.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America has made three unanswered attempts to contact the following corporations in order to ascertain their policy regarding pharmacists’ refusal to fill valid, legal prescriptions for birth control, including emergency contraception:

* Target
* Safeway
* Giant
* Duane Reade
* Piggly Wiggly

What you can do: go to the Planned Parenthood Fill My Pills Now campaign site and fill out a form to request that they release a public statement regarding their policies. Consumers need to know where to choose to spend their dollars if women cannot fill prescriptions in those stores.

You can also read more about refusals to fill from around the country here.

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