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I Sell Pro-Silence iPods, Too

By Jesse Taylor
Monday, June 16, 2008 16:06 EDT

image“Pro-life” drugstores are on the rise, marking the advent of stores that appear to be constructed in response to virtually no consumer demand whatsover.

The pharmacy is one of a small but growing number of drugstores around the country that have become the latest front in a conflict pitting patients’ rights against those of health-care workers who assert a “right of conscience” to refuse to provide care or products that they find objectionable.

“The United States was founded on the idea that people act on their conscience — that they have a sense of right and wrong and do what they think is right and moral,” said Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel at the Thomas More Society, a Chicago public-interest law firm that is defending a pharmacist who was fined and reprimanded for refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control pills. “Every pharmacist has the right to do the same thing,” Brejcha said.

One could say that, perhaps, it would be a greater moral consideration for a pharmacist to help deliver proper, legal medical care to the people they were sworn to help, but then I remember that Jesus hates sex, and I send that flying out the window.

Incidentally, the national database of pro-life pharmacists has ballooned all the way to seven. Some of them are so proud of this affiliation that they make no mention whatsoever of it, others make it clear that you’re coming to church to get Zithromax.

What I fail to understand about this is that of almost any profession, healthcare is the one that most requires its practitioners to knowingly and willingly put aside their personal feelings to help those in need. A doctor may have to pull a bullet out of a gangbanger, a pharmacist may have to fill a prescription for an adulterer’s STDs, an EMT may have to perform CPR on a homosexual man or woman. To tell women (and yes, everything they deny is primarily aimed at women) that their medical needs – none of which presume as much direct involvement as the examples above – are to be discarded against the inviolate squickiness of some asshole who’s decided that condoms are ribbed tools of that original warming gel of the libido, Satan.

UPDATE: Meanwhile, Walgreens stands accused of pill-flipping, changing common generics with a low price cap to rarely prescribed versions with a much higher price cap.

I’m just going to go down to the lake for leeches from now on.

Congress = Pwned

By Jesse Taylor

The National Review has been going predictably apeshit over the upholding of habeas corpus since the Supreme Court narrowly affirmed that the Constitution isn’t made of Charmin, but this bit by Andrew McCarthy makes me giggle: It is difficult to single out the most outrageous aspect of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s cataclysmic Boumediene ruling last Thursday: The reckless vesting of constitutional rights in aliens whose only connection with our body…


I Got Tubes!

By Jesse Taylor

Internet campaigning has a ton of misconceptions behind it, especially as we enter into the third major cycle (2004 and 2006 being the first two) of it. Ben Adler in the Politico (complete with really stupid composite image of McCain and Obama) writes about whether or not McCain’s online operation…


Family values – from Massachusetts to California

By pams

It’s a landmark day as gay and lesbians couples will be able to marry in the Golden State starting at 5:01 PM PT. Here is a “California Marriage 101” primer. CBS has released a poll (full results here) on support for marriage equality: * 30% say same-sex couples should be…


Converging right wing fundamentalism

By Amanda Marcotte

Having tangled the other day with 9/11 Truthers at Firedoglake in a thread that was supposed to be a book salon for Matt Taibbi, I got to thinking (because of comments David Neiwert made in the thread) about the allure of conspiracy theories. What bothers me about them is that…


Bobby ‘Exorcist’ Jindal: intelligent design is legitimate science

By pams

This is a nice bookend to Jesse’s review of The Happening… I thought all of the silly talk about John McCain picking newly metrosexual Florida governor Charlie Crist would be the best VP entertainment of the campaign season. Apparently Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal does not want to be topped. After…


Bamboo Review: The Happening

By Jesse Taylor

I made a sacrifice for you people. I went to go see M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, which has to qualify for sainthood in some circles. The central premise of the movie is that some mysterious happening is causing people to systematically kill themselves – first speech goes, then they…


Time Interviews Tsvangirai

By Jesse Taylor
Sunday, June 15, 2008 23:58 EDT

Time Magazine interviewed Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday: What do you say to those who are calling for this runoff to be scrapped, claiming that there’s no way the election can be free and fair, and urging you to form a joint government with Mugabe? This is democracy…


Bam Bam goes bye bye from Concerned Women for America

By pams

Matt “Bam Bam” Barber, one of the “like-minded men with Concerned Women for America,” has decided to leave one of the curiously estrogen-free posts at the organization, policy director for cultural issues (homo-obsessive Bob Knight was the director of its Culture and Family Institute). The Advocate: Barber is moving on…


Fools, I tell you

By Amanda Marcotte

Read Frank Rich on this illusion the McCain campaign is trying to create that irate female voters, mad about Clinton losing, will decamp to McCain. Now. I’ll wait. Avedon has a good read on this: Frank Rich says the disarray among Democrats and smooth sailing McCain is just a media…