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Senator Wheeler wants religion out of pharmacys

March 30, 2005
By: Andrea Ramey
State Capital Bureau

One Missouri lawmaker says religious discretion needs to be taken out of the pharmacy.

Andrea Ramey has more from the state Capitol...

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Democratic Senator Charles Wheeler says the bill would force pharmacists to fill prescriptions like the morning after pill regardless of their personal religous beliefs.

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Contents: "We're just going at it from the standpoint that women deserve these services, and they should be able to get them because that's the way the practice of medicine is suppose to work. The doctor is suppose to have more education than the pharmacist."

This bill would not force companies to carry all legal medications.

Instead, it would force pharmacies to fill prescription orders of drugs the company chooses to carry.

From the state Capitol, I'm Andrea Ramey

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One Jefferson City pharmacist says his drug store will fill perscriptions to their conscious, regardless of what some lawmakers want.

Andrea Ramey has more from the state Capitol...

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Democratic Senator Charles Wheeler is sponsoring a bill that would force pharmacies to fill prescriptions orders of drugs the company chooses to carry.

Paul Vossen of Whaley's Pharmacy says his company chooses not to carry the morning after pill.

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Contents: "We do stock birth control. If we know the doctor is using it as an abortive type thing, we will refuse to dispense it."

Wheeler says that women are being denied their right to choose what they do with their bodies.

According to a 2000 survey by NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Foundation's Access Project, sixty-seven percent of pharmacists will not dispense emergency contraception to women with a prescription signed by a physician.

From the state Capitol, I'm Andrea Ramey.

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