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Conscientious Objection and Pharmacists' Professional Obligation to Ensure Access to Legitimately Prescribed Medication
The Women's Rights Law Reporter at Rutgers Law - Newark (2011)
  • Andrea N Lee
Abstract

This paper discusses legal issues surrounding pharmacists who refuse to dispense emergency contraception based on their religious views. One study reports up to thirty-one percent of pharmacists admit to not dispensing emergency contraception based on their moral or religious beliefs, leading to women’s limited access to a second chance to prevent pregnancy when their regular preventative method fails. Without a limitation on when pharmacists can deny patients access to legitimately prescribed medication, women’s fundamental right to choose whether to bear a child is no longer her choice, but her pharmacist’s choice. Legislatures must require pharmacists to act in their patient’s, not their own, best interests.

Keywords
  • Conscientious Objector,
  • Pharmacist,
  • Emergency Contraception,
  • Must-Dispense,
  • Fiduciary Duty
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Publication Date
2011
Citation Information
Andrea N Lee. "Conscientious Objection and Pharmacists' Professional Obligation to Ensure Access to Legitimately Prescribed Medication" The Women's Rights Law Reporter at Rutgers Law - Newark (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/andrea_lee_rolfgoffmanmartinlang/1/