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Jesus is a terrible pharmacist.

Friday, the ACLU of New Mexico and the Southwest Women’s Law Center filed complaints with the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau on behalf of a mother and daughter who were refused a prescription related to the daughter’s IUD by a Walgreens pharmacist in Albuquerque, because of his “personal beliefs.”

The mother had come in to fill several prescriptions for her 13-year-old daughter in preparation for getting an IUD — pain reliever, an anti-anxiety medication, and the hormone misoprostol, which softens the uterine lining up so that a doctor can implant the device. The pharmacist refused to give her the misoprostol, as doing so would violate his “religious beliefs,” and told her she’d have to go to another Walgreens to get the prescription, even though it was already filled and she’d gotten a call saying it was ready at that particular Walgreens.

Via The Albuquerque Journal:

“I told him he was discriminating against me, that he should be ashamed for judging us, that he didn’t know my daughter’s medical history or her complications or conversation with her doctor. That he didn’t know what the medication was for,” she says. “And he just looks at me and says, ‘Oh, I have a pretty good idea.’ ”

OOH! Except he actually did not! Not that it was any of his business, or that it should make any difference either way, but the girl was getting an IUD not for birth control purposes, but rather because of complications in her menstrual cycle. The girl had already tried several birth control medications to correct things and hadn’t had any luck, so the doctor was prescribing an IUD.

WHEN YOU ASSUME…

(I’m just gonna say an IUD is a way better idea than giving a kid Vicodin, which is what my doctor first prescribed for me in order to deal with my severe cramps. It didn’t even help — but birth control, which I got on after, did. Sorry, Bible-abusers — I’m gonna have to argue that it is far preferable to put girls with menstrual issues on birth control than it is to put them on highly addictive painkillers.)

This pharmacist was refusing to give someone a medically necessary drug because he thought it might be used for the purpose of having safe sex that he might disapprove of.

In their complaint, the ACLU notes that refusing this prescription was gender discrimination, since the pharmacist almost certainly would not have refused to prescribe misoprostol to a man who was using it to help with stomach ulcers. He would have no problem, one would imagine, with a man using this drug to help treat a medical condition, but would not allow a girl to do the same. That’s discrimination.

This is not the first time this has happened. In 2012, Susanne Koestner was refused a birth control prescription at a Walgreens pharmacy due to the “personal beliefs” of a pharmacist working there. As a result of the outcry following Koestner’s experience, Walgreens vowed to institute a policy to prevent this from happening again.

Its official policy is that it’s fine for a pharmacist to refuse to prescribe something that conflicts with their personal religious beliefs — so long as there is someone else working there that can step in and do the prescribing for them.

Hypothetically, that seems fine. Everyone gets what they want! But then you have to consider that it’s probably pretty expensive to have an additional pharmacist on duty just to fill the prescriptions that the very holy pharmacist refuses to fill. Then you add in the complications of people going on vacation, people getting sick and not being able to come into work that day, the person doing the scheduling messing up, and it becomes apparent that this is a thing that isn’t actually possible to pull off.

The standard for these kinds of things is generally “reasonable accommodation” of religious beliefs. It becomes unreasonable, however, when people are not able to get their prescriptions. When people — who may not have easy access to transportation — are told that they need to go find another Walgreens and get their prescription filled there. That is an “undue burden” on the customer. Also, Yr Editrix wants you to know she brilliantly predicted 30 years ago that fundamentalists would start flooding into pharmacy colleges, just like they did school boards.

There’s also another kind of discrimination at work here — the fact that it’s considered “reasonable” at all for a pharmacist to refuse to provide birth control due to their religious beliefs and still be able to have that job. It seems unlikely Walgreens would hire a Scientologist pharmacist and allow them to refuse to fill scripts for psychiatric medications. But if the burden is only on sexually active women or women you merely suspect might be sexually active — then that’s allowed somehow.

While it may seem unfair, if you literally can’t do your job because of your religious beliefs, then you should probably get a different job. For instance, if you are a Jehovah’s Witness, phlebotomy is perhaps not the ideal career path for you. Amish? Probably gonna have some trouble breaking into computer programming. Or being an Uber driver. Get thee to a nunnery? Not if thee isn’t in a religion where they have nuns!

I’m sorry, but this case makes it clear that this kind of accommodation can’t actually work out, so the only “reasonable” answer to this is just to not hire people who will not do their jobs in the first place.

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  • Blackest Noobs

    OT: is it professional attire for a librarian to wear yoga pants?
    I personally say no because you definitely wouldn’t want to see some guy librarian in tights showing the outline of his junk and balls. same goes for the women, i don’t need to see the shape of your asses, your camel toes, or your panties lines.

  • memzilla Ω

    Surely the Right Wing will be all about endorsing a Second Amendment solution to this problem, right?

  • Reince Pubis

    Which plays PERFECTLY into my plan of being an Amish airline pilot – bear with me: I’m going to become Amish, AND become an airline pilot, but my religious beliefs will preclude me from performing some aspects of that job, such as “flying an aircraft” or “learning to fly an aircraft.” Since my freedom of religion trumps fucking EVERYTHING, I will demand that some airline pay me, despite the fact that, as I said, I won’t be able to do some functions of the job that some observers might describe as “the job.” In fact, being a very INDUSTRIOUS Amish airline pilot, I think I’ll work for SEVERAL airlines simultaneously, being as how my religious beliefs let me skip over the more time-consuming parts of the airline pilot profession. MAGA, Drill Baby, Drill, Drain the Swamp, Build that Wall, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah…..

  • ManchuCandidate

    “I am the danger. A lady comes to a pharmacy and tries to get slut pills and you think that of me? No. I am the one who denies.”

  • Boscoe

    The problem is that there is NEVER any logical, reasonable pushback on this stuff, only scrambling to accommodate the God-botherers. For example, make them show where in the Bible it says anything about pharmacies and how it is a sin to provide medicine to people you believe are living in sin. This will never end until we establish some parameters and means of verifying what is a “legitimate” religious concern. (Hint: NONE of them are legitimate.)

    • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

      My only “religious” concern is that those who are religious should MIND THEIR OWN FUCKING BUSINESS!!!

      Sorry for shouting. I feel a little bit better now.

  • memzilla Ω

    Can’t wait for a female pharmacist to pull this stunt with the next Viagra® prescription she gets. “Sorry sir, but limp dicks are God’s will.”

    • Boscoe

      Yeah, SHE’D get fired.

      • Ninja0980

        Or if a gay refused to serve a Christian?
        Hoo boy, he’d be out in the street in no time.

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    • Rags

      60 yo guy at counter.
      Sir, are you married? No. Then I can’t fill this prescription because it would enable fornication.

      Sir, are you married? Yes. How old is your wife? She’s 58. Then I can’t fill this prescription because I cannot condone sexual relations for purposes other than reproduction.

      Sir, are you married? Yes. How old is your wife? 14. Here you go – party on!

    • commatoes

      Many health insurance plans covered contraceptives and Viagra®. Then Obamacare got enacted and all of a sudden it is an attack on religion.

      Comedian Larry Wilmore dubbed it “Blacktracking”. Y’know that thing they used to be OK with until Obama got behind it. Now it is the worst affront to FREEDOM in history. ‘MURICA!!!

    • ResistanceFictionista blondeiq

      Pharmacist: Aren’t you a little old to be having sex? Are you planning a family?

  • arglebargle

    Fuck religion. That is all.

    • TJ Barke

      I could go for a fuck religion…

      • Meccalopolis

        Join us dionyssians

  • MaiaVA

    “it was already filled and she’d gotten a call saying it was ready at that particular Walgreens.”

    Douche-bro didn’t even have to FILL it; he simply had to hand over the bag, ffs! This shit makes me so ragey.

    • arglebargle

      Exactly. How can he justify even working for a corporation that fills such prescriptions. Hypocrite, heal thyself.

  • As I said elsewhere, I really do want to ask exactly how involved one has to be to be a party to the fornicating.

    Is the CEO making slut pills guilty of all the unauthorized fucking out there?
    The scientists and folks involved in the clinical trial?
    The FDA bureaucrat who approved the ‘slut pill’?
    The chemists making the pills in the factory?
    The guys who built the machines that let the chemists make the pills?
    The guys who build or operate the machines that make the plastic pill bottles?
    The pharmacy manager placing an order for the pills?
    The delivery driver taking the box of pills from the factory to the pharmacy?
    The doctor who prescribed it?
    The people who sold them lunch so they would all have clear heads and full tummies as they do their jobs?

    How many folks exactly does God blame for two teenagers engaging in unauthorized fucking?

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Not to mention that in this case, the girl wasn’t getting the prescription for fornicating. And, even if she had been, her mother was perfectly within her rights (and her senses) to be involved and caring enough to make sure no unwanted pregnancy would occur in her CHILD.

      • jowgajen

        Just none of his goddam business. The non-family person whose opinion mattered was the M.D.

        • ‘Covfefe is Magic’ Ron

          The g/f, who used to work as a pharmacy tech, will happily inform you that many pharmacists consider MDs to be talentless hacks who don’t know their jobs as well as the pharmacist does. This tends to lead to… difficulties.

          • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

            You don’t have to tell me about it – every three months is another damn fight between my doctor and CVS because CVS seems to think my doctor doesn’t need to prescribe things like, oh, anti-rejection medications. To an organ transplant patient.

      • Exactly. If my daughter at the age of 15 or 16 comes up to me and asks if I would go to the doctor with her to get birth control, I would drive her to the doctor. I’d be happy that she trusted me enough to ask.

        And we will have had the talk or multiple talks before then about ethics, consent, safety, and deciding when you’re ready.

    • Boscoe

      Well, replace “fucking” with “fruit-eating” and the answer is EVERYONE.

      • Paul

        All the upfists.

    • Paul

      Depends on where they were getting laid.

      In a house? Builders,developers, carpenters and other laborers, landscapers, etc. Don’t forget the bankers and lawyers and realtors too.

      In a car? Hell, too many involved there to list, including the oil companies.

      Seems like the sanctimonious twits can blame us all. Kinda like that Kevin Bacon game. Good point Old Man. I’ll get off your lawn now.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Don’t forget the holier-than-thou owners of privately-held corporations that invest in the companies that make the contraceptives and then refuse to allow their female employees to use them.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    “And he just looks at me and says, ‘Oh, I have a pretty good idea.’ ”

    “And then after the red haze cleared I realized I was holding him by the collar and violently beating him over the head with my shoe.”

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    That sanctimonious piece of whale shit needs to be out of a job.

  • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

    “My actions cause severe pain and suffering in others, but it is God’s will interpreted entirely by me.”

    That’s not Christianity you got there.

  • Lyly Sirivong

    They should be banned from practicing.

    • JCfromNC

      Seriously. If your pharmacy is located inside a church, then you go ahead and only fill whatever prescriptions you think Gawd wants you to.
      Otherwise, do your fucking job.

  • aktlib101

    OT:
    TOP-SECRET NSA REPORT DETAILS RUSSIAN HACKING EFFORT DAYS BEFORE 2016 ELECTION
    https://theintercept.com/2017/06/05/top-secret-nsa-report-details-russian-hacking-effort-days-before-2016-election/
    and
    Bombshell intel leak reveals Russia cyber attack targeted voting software and election officials
    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/bombshell-intel-leak-reveals-russia-cyber-attack-targeted-voting-software-and-election-officials/?comments=disqus

    “Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate actors … executed cyber espionage operations against a named U.S. company in August 2016, evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions. … The actors likely used data obtained from that operation to … launch a voter registration-themed spear-phishing campaign targeting U.S. local government organizations”

    • So… Re-election then?

      • aktlib101

        Heh, one can dream about it. R-turds are in power, not gonna happen

  • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

    I’d also like to point out that pharmacy schools are struggling to keep pharmacy relevant.

    • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

      What exactly do pharmacists do besides count pills and violate HIPPA by (loudly) discussing your prescription while a bunch of strangers are within earshot?

      • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

        Supposedly they are experts in medications, like MDs that prescribe them. In the 1930s they were liquor stores.

        http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_149252148971474.jpg

        • timpundit

          Not ‘supposedly’. And they are constantly under a great deal of stress, at least the good ones are.

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        They’re truly a last line of defense against idiot doctors who write “400” when they mean “40”, thus killing patients. Hospital pharmacists in particular are life savers (source: SIL used to be one. Got fired for going to the mats over the 400/40 issue. Patient died, Doc and hospital got sued, tried to pin her for the criminal offense, but she had notes and witnesses. She did, however, get out of the hospital pharm biz after that–finished her career at a Hispanic neighborhood clinic, which she loved.)

        • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

          Hospital pharmacists are amazing, god(ess)es of info and tact.

      • shivaskeeper

        Mostly they just do nonsensical stuff like spend a good deal of their time calling the prescribing doctors and telling them, “No, you cannot prescribe medication A and medication B, or you will kill this patient.”, or “Are you aware you are the fourth doctor to prescribe Oxycontin to this patient this week?”.

        As with any profession there are good ones and bad ones.

      • willi0000000

        haven’t had my scrip discussed loudly . . . but i have had one idiot say (LOUDLY) “is Medicare the only thing you have?” . . . so i said (loudly) “why yes, yes it is! and thank you for opening a discussion with everybody in the store, you stupid shit!”

        [ the pharmacy manager, who heard the whole thing (he was within 100′), had the gall to start with me . . . that was a fun two minutes of pain for him ]

    • Jamoche

      I can see that – once upon a time you’d be talking to someone with in-depth knowledge of drugs, who could say “don’t take these together” or “holy shit did the doctor really write that?” but there are so many drugs now that really, you’re better off with an attentive clerk using good software.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I was in grad school with a blind man who was getting a doctorate in whatever the fancy term is for magazine layouts. Nobody could say no to him or point out that he would literally be taking the very definition of a job he absolutely could not do. They were terrified he would bring a lawsuit against the school and win, and he probably would have done both. You simply cannot apply common sense. So I’m going to guess that terror of being counter-sued by Holy Pill Guy will cause this to get settled out of court, with no further action taken to address the situation.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Beethoven couldn’t hear his symphonies, so there!

      /pre-empting the Dear Shits-fer-Brains

  • msanthropesmr

    OT, but the Trump induced kerfuffle in Qatar is a big fucking deal

    • arglebargle

      “Kerfuffle in Qatar” is the working title of my James Bond knock off spy thriller novella.

      • timpundit

        I like the vegatable Kerfuffle, extra guac, with a bit of oil and vineger.

        • Occupied Territory of Kavefish

          Do you use Brent Blend or West Texas Intermediate?

        • Lascauxcaveman

          “It’s dessert toping.”

          “its a fabric softener!

          “It’s dessert toping!”

          “its a fabric softener you cow!!

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Wha happen?

      • Teecha

        The borders here have been closed to travellers from Qatar. So we can’t drive to Saudi (our only land border) or fly to UAE, Bahrain, Saudi, Egypt and I think Yemen has joined in.

        Most of our food is imported, but I think it’ll be ok coz a lot comes from Oman, and other stuff from further afield.

        • Parakeetist

          Are you okay? Can you get out?

          • Teecha

            I’m fine, thank you.
            Three weeks left at work, so I’m hoping everything will have calmed down before my holiday.

    • timpundit

      Oh god what fresh hell is this?

      • msanthropesmr

        His speech to the Saudis pretty much opened the door to fucking with the Qataris and further destabilized the region. Which is majorly pissing off business people.

        • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

          All because the Saudis flattered him. They know exactly how to feed the egos of clueless, spoiled, heirs.

          • dansezlajavanaise

            wonder where they learned it.

    • ‘Covfefe is Magic’ Ron

      Seems kinda low-rent to be his Big Distraction.

    • The Wanderer

      It threatens to escalate from kerfuffle to full-fledged hubbub.

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        When it gets to falderal we’re in trouble.

        • The Wanderer

          Yes, and even worse if it becomes a gallimaufry.

          • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

            Or as Nick Cage, Hero For Hire would say “What’s all this fiddle-faddle?”

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          Have we passed “ado” already? Gawd, you take thirty minutes to run to the store and the damn wheels come off the bus.

          • The Wanderer

            ‘Ado’ would become messy.

      • Me not sure

        Flew right past “ado”.

        • Meccalopolis

          It’s a real donnybrook

      • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

        As long as it doesn’t become a hootennanny.

        https://youtu.be/0CmEVkjsWXY

    • Mpeg

      The only time I want to read the words “big fucking deal” are when Smilin’ Handsome Joe utters them.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      How will Trump manage this covfeffle, one wonders?

    • Cheesus Crust _ Rebel

      I am beginning to realize how people from, roughly, 1913- 1946 must have felt.

      • ‘Covfefe is Magic’ Ron

        And us Oldz thought we’d learned our lessons.
        Shoulda known better.

        • WotsAllThisThen

          Look on the bright side. When it’s all over we might get another Kurt Vonnegut.

    • Teecha

      We aren’t thinking it’s trump induced.
      And it’s not the end of our world.
      .
      .
      .
      .
      Yet.

  • arglebargle

    How many oxy prescrptions does this asswipe fill every god-damn day?

    • ‘Covfefe is Magic’ Ron

      For himself or for others?
      Besides, Jesus never said nothing about hillbilly heroin. I checked.

    • lunar62

      I get your point but now you’re the one passing judgement and assuming everyone who uses opiates is an abuser. I have a friend who just tried to commit suicide because he’s been in severe physical pain for years and is fed up with doctors treating him like a drug seeker and making it hard as hell to get what he needs to want to stay alive (by letting him control the pain).

      • arglebargle

        Not passing judgement on people who become addicted to substances that are over prescribed, but the industry that produces and promotes those drugs, and the doctors and pharmacists who prescribed and fill those prescriptions while passing the blame on to the victims. Lord know if you’re in pain you just want it to stop as soon as possible.

      • mailman27

        Post-herpetic neuralgia here, since 2007. I’ve pursued every avenue, and now I’m being treated like part of the “opioid epidemic” because I’ll grab hold of everything that might provide some modicum of relief. The state will make its numbers for reducing prescriptions, and I’ll be swept up in the backwash of positive results. In 10 years I’ll be on a morphine drip, but who cares about my comfort in the meanwhile? I always have an internal rant about personal soul-baring on yr Wonkette, yet here I am, humbled.

  • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

    Where are the cute animals, already. Jesus Flying Christ; it’s only Monday!

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I’d just like to say that this pharmacist was lucky he didn’t pull that shit on me. I would still be shouting at him, regardless of how long ago this incident happened.

    • SweetDeeKat

      Oh hell yeah. There would be carnage. And some blown-up corporate phone lines.

    • Blackest Noobs

      if pharmy dude was in gun-loving state, i imagine them be shooting you words.
      and people have shot other people for less.

    • Jamoche

      Getting between me and drugs to make period pain go away? Hell yeah.

  • FauxAntocles

    If you can’t do the job, don’t take the job.

    • mardam422

      Where were you on January 20, 2017?

  • Opalescent Riddles

    That’s it. I’m going home to drink and break shit.

  • calliecallie

    That pharmacist should be “you’re fired,” IMHO.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    Ya know, I’d like to be a horticulturist, because I like pretty flowers, but I don’t know their names or what you need to do to grow them. Do you think if I went to the local plant shop and told them if they didn’t hire me, I’d sue, on the grounds that my religion requires me to get my hands in potting soil every day – if I did that, do you think they’d hire me? Oh, and I only want to work on alternate Thursdays, and only if it’s not too hot.

    • VirginiaLady

      Just keep a big tub of potting soil next to your bed. Every morning and evening your dirt prayer needs are met. It’s what we do here and everyone is happy including our several cats. Don’t know why but they seem devoted to that dirt! Praise de Plant Gods!!

  • SweetDeeKat

    Son #1 used to work with a pharmacist who didn’t believe in evolution. Son #1 is much more affable than I am, but was rendered speechless. I didn’t ask about said pharmacist’s view on slut pills.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    It seems unlikely Walgreens would hire a Scientologist pharmacist and allow them to refuse to fill scripts for psychiatric medications.

    I can be Christian Scientist* pharmacist?

    *Worst. Misrepresentative. Label. Ever.

  • anon_the_great

    Problem is one can’t make reasonable accommodation for religion beliefs because by such beliefs are by definition unreasonable.

    It’s blazingly simple. If your Sky Pal sez you can’t do your job, you gotta get a different job. Or different Sky Pal.

    QED bitches

    • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

      Bingo. Just as you cannot have a rational discussion with them, as their worldview is fundamentally irrational. Their belief that God controls the climate so trying to reduce humanity’s production of greenhouse gases is pointless is particularly ludicrous.

    • kaydenpat

      And God can get you a job where everything is peachy.

      • Just pray the …. away. Insert bad person job here.

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    “This pharmacist was refusing to give someone a medically necessary drug because he thought it might be used for the purpose of having safe sex that he might disapprove of.”

    everything. is. terrible.

    • TJ Barke

      Who told you my motto?

      • Blackest Noobs

        caveat to said motto….i add :

        and i am reloading.

  • calliecallie

    This is completely OT, but I had the really sweet and flattering experience of one of my long time staff coming out to me today. He said he wasn’t sure if anybody knew. My gaydar is very poor, so I did not. Anyway, he’s happy and the fact that he actually told me suggests he’s very happy. He’s told me before when he was dating people, but I guess always worded it pretty carefully, because I did not know he was gay. I am just really happy for him, and really honored that he trusted me enough to share.

    • Yr. Gma

      This says something about you: you are a good person.

      • Lascauxcaveman

        The gay guy has good GoodPersonDar.

  • ariel_gee_398

    Every time a pharmacist denies a prescription for slut pills, Mike Pence gets an erection.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
    • WotsAllThisThen

      Godzilla vs Megapastor is one of my childhood favorites.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Go, go, go, Godzilla!

  • WotsAllThisThen

    Huh. That would explain these new medication instructions: “Take three times a day with Jesus.”

  • Msgr_MΩment

    OT.

    Cuomo fil’s minions robocalled me a few minutes ago to tell me that he’s having a virtual town hall tomorrow and that they’ll robocall me tomorrow at 8pm, just to make sure I have an opportunity to participate.

    The best part of Mario dribbled down Matilda’s leg.

  • alpacapunchbowl

    Dear Jesus,
    Could you please rapture up all these sanctimonious assholes already? What’s taking so long??
    Thanks in advance,
    Alpaca

    • Teto85

      They are not going to be with Jeebus when they get raptured. They’re going the other way.

      • (((fka_donnie_d)))

        I dont care where they go as long as its not to the same place as me.

    • marxalot

      He doesn’t want them either. Heaven has been in negotiations for centuries to dump them in Hell, but Satan’s lawyers are all Harvard men. They’d try Tartarus, but no one Up There can understand Homeric Greek.

    • canes_pugnaces
  • Vincent Ricola

    That poor 13-year-old girl with the bad periods. Getting moralized to by some failpriest pharmacist at the Walgreens is the worst and she deserves enough financial compensation to buy a tropical island.

  • kaydenpat

    Why should someone else’s religious dogma interfere with my medical needs? What the hell?

    • Parakeetist

      Why did he suddenly appoint himself the gatekeeper?

  • Indiepalin

    The pharmacist is now suing the teenage girl for trying to keep him out of heaven.

  • NotALiar

    This is unacceptable. I’m so sick of pharmacists who like to pretend they are your fucking doctor. No. Your job is to give me the medicine my dr. prescribed. I’ll now tell complete strangers the most personal part of my life. I used to have a drug problem. Ive been clean for many years but my path to recovery included medication. Ive had to go to so many different pharmacies just to find a pharmacist who would treat me like a human instead of a terrible disgusting drug addict. It was so fucking dehumanizing. You aren’t paid for your fucking opinions. You are paid to dispense medication. Fucking fuck.

    • Dispense medication at the appropriate dosage, ensure prescriptions are not being abused, and to warn doctors and patients when drug combinations can lead to serious complications – like death or whatnot.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      For real. Their job is to mix and then dispense chemicals. They’re as much a medical doctor as I am, and I’m a goddam lawyer who got a D in chemistry.

    • HorseChestnut

      Toward the end of her life, my mom weaned off of her (cancer-strength) painkillers, and she needed suboxone to keep from going into withdrawal. The system for getting that miracle drug is awful, and we were treated like such shit. I’m sorry you had to go through something like that.

      • NotALiar

        Thank you. That means a lot. I take the same thing. I hate you had to go through that too.

      • nightmoth

        Good lord–I’m so sorry that happened to you and your mother.

        • HorseChestnut

          Thank you.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      And in this case it’s even more egregious, because the stuff had already been put in the bag. Literally all he had to do was hand it over and take the money.

    • nightmoth

      You’re a strong and brave person! That is all. Keep on keeping on.

      • NotALiar

        Thank you

  • GreenGoldSharpie

    *pops estradiol pill and stares disapprovingly at Walgreens*

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Plus I don’t understand–why did a pharmacist inset himself into this transaction at all? The medication was ready to pick up; pharmacist not needed. Any clerk in the Pharm can sell you a drug that a pharmacist has already prepared, which apparently it was. Only way this could happen is if the pharmacist went out of his way to put a flag on the medication so that it couldn’t be processed without him (I know this because it’s happened to me, for legitimate, benign, and customer-servicey reasons).

    tl:dr Fuck these guys

    • BrendaKay

      I wondered about that too. I generally don’t interact with the actual pharmacist unless I have a question…

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        i use walgreens and almost always get checked out by the techs – they ask me “do you need to talk to the pharmacist.” If i do, that’s about the only time I speak to one.

      • janecita

        He saw the girl’s age, saw that her prescription was for Misoprostol (abortion pill) and assumed that she was getting an abortion.

  • baconzgood

    Ass holes.

    • Shanzgood

      Find me.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    Lucky for her this guy was working the lunch counter.

    http://i.imgur.com/laLFpjR.jpg

  • janecita

    Hi Robyn, a little correction here. I’m assuming that the pharmacist refused to give her the Misoprostol not because the girl was getting an IUD, but because Misopostrol is the abortion pill. He probably assumed, wrongly, that the girl was getting an abortion.

    • HazooToo

      The implication being that he thought a 13 year old girl deserved to be punished with a baby for being a slut. Yay!

      • janecita

        Exactly!

      • mailman27

        Ipso facto, fuck him!

  • Bitter Scribe

    This guy needs to get drummed out of the profession.

    • weejee

      He’s such a pill.

      • marxalot

        Walgreens’ policies are just compunding the issue.

  • Anna Elizabeth, Tank Grrl

    I have also too another idea for dealing with religious fanatics.

    • MizzMazz

      Bring me the head of the preacher man!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3fwojK6hvU

    • Yellerduck

      My daughter takes birth control medication for other than birth control reasons, has been since she was about 13 and will for the rest of her life. If this had happened to me, I would have had a hard time not jerking someone over the counter to see just how strong his religious feelings were. I mean, I get mildly annoyed when I forget and some clerk at the store tells me I can’t buy beer before noon on Sunday, but then I know that’s just the rules, not them being holier-than-thou assholes.

  • Crystalclear12

    I am guessing the Walgreens PR guy is probably pissed and drunk right about now.
    “I told you that shit wasn’t going to work!”

  • whitroth

    Now, IANAL, but, er… isn’t he practicing medicine without a *medical*, not a *pharmaceutical*, license?

  • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

    This is just stupid on so many levels. The only possible legitimate concern that I could imagine, other than made up slut shaming religious bullshit, is a concern that the child was being, or could be sexually abused. That’s a concern he could have discussed with her MD or law enforcement.
    Here’s another question- what if the girl was getting birth control because she was being coerced into marriage? (This is actually legal in some states with parent permission) would his “religious beliefs” be satisfied then?
    What a jerk.

    • harryr

      I was thinking about this the other day. Correct me if i am wrong, but in parts of the US a 16 year old boy found with consensually-obtained nudie pics of his 16 year old girlfriend faces serious jail time and a lifetime as a registered child sex offender, but he is free to marry her 12 year old sister. How does this even begin to make sense?

      • Voyager

        There’s actually a pretty big push to address the issues surrounding underage selfies. Law enforcement does realize it’s a problem.

        • harryr

          But not about underage marriage?

          • Voyager

            I agree with you, it’s insane.

          • Lascauxcaveman

            I’m guessing underage sexting is is a much more widespread problem.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Good to know Walgreen’s paying their pharmacists to, in effect, proselytize on company time.

  • marxalot

    If you cannot in good conscious do your job, then it is possible that job should not be done. It is certain, however, that you should not be doing it.

    • Teecha

      True! I don’t believe that arms should be traded internationally, so I made the radical choice to *not be an arms dealer*

      • Parakeetist

        You vixen.

      • Three Finger Salute

        What about trading other body parts? Does it have to be bear arms? And why only the right one? How about Crow’s Feet or Moose Limbs?

      • At least arms dealers know how to deal with someone who won’t deliver the product but insists on being paid anyway.

    • I question someone’s claim to having deep convictions they can’t in good conscience violate when they demand that they not be inconvenienced in the slightest by them.

  • Teecha

    Can this family sue this bigot and this company?

    • Parakeetist

      I bet they will! I sure hope so!

  • Moebym Reborn

    Grrrrrrr…

  • janecita

    Btw, I’m a PP Health Educator, a pharmacist wouldn’t have any way of knowing that the Misoprostol was going to be used for an IUD insertion. Fundies always assumed that Misoprostol is only used for abortions.

    • harryr

      And it is none of that pharmacist’s business what it is being used for. If it is on a prescription, it is his job to fill it

      • janecita

        I totally agree with you, but the premise of the story is wrong.

  • marxalot

    All that young lady needs is a mega-dose of Vitamin J! (the “j” is for Jeebus!)

    • janecita

      I thought that the J was for jizz!
      My husband lied to me!

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    Uber Wood would be an awesome Amish venture!

    I guess the carrier pigeon location updates might get expensive though.

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    “Reverend Pharmacist” sounds like a character you’d meet in a post-apocalyptic videogame, not in a Walgreens in New Mexico.

    • mancityRed6

      depends on where the next Fallout will be at.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      He was the least popular character on Breaking Bad.

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      Definitely a mini boss for when you tackle the insane asylum level.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        hah! snort

  • WotsAllThisThen

    I respect all religious views and would like to have an earnest talk with Walgreens employees about joining the Church of Kicking Trump Voters Square in the Nuts.

  • TakingAmes

    Just a little semantic quibble. Pharmacists don’t prescribe anything. Physicians prescribe treatments, and pharmacists fill prescriptions. Or not, in this case, apparently.

    • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

      Depends, in my province of canuckistan pharmacists can prescribe some medications and renew others. But yes, mostly they fill prescriptions from MDs and Nurse Practitioners etc.

    • Voyager

      In my state, the pharmacists can actually prescribe…

      Birth control!

      So, they’re really not qualified to do their jobs if they won’t for religious reasons.

      • commatoes

        You must live in some godless hellscape.

        If so, are you in the actual ninth circle of hell or just ninth circle adjacent?

  • GunToting[Redacted]

    There is a pharmacy here in town called “Ave Maria Pharmacy.” Lots of Blessed Virgin artwork, photos of the pope, and an honest-to-god pipe organ keyboard in the lobby. The whole thing confuses the holy hell out of me. I mean, would you start a Vishnu Auto Body Shop, or Allah’s Head Shop? Between the visuals, the music (usually Gregorian chants or maybe some nice choral music), and the “God Bless” at the end of every transaction, it’s an odd place. Sadly they are the only compounding pharmacy within 100 miles, so I’m stuck.

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      Good lord, that would blow.

      Tempting to try and fill my transgender hormone drugs if I’m ever in town though. *lol*

      • marxalot

        Yeah, I would cold walk up to a nun and hand her a slip for my 3 month supply of T. And I’d call her “sister” the whole time, because Comrade Mom raised me to be a very polite girl boy person.

    • Me not sure
      • GunToting[Redacted]

        In this instance, maybe the pharmacist’s Tio Jesus floated him a loan for the storefront.

        • Three Finger Salute

          Just once — especially around the holidays, for added effect — I want to see Trump’s brownshirt ICE thugs try to ship out a minor child named Jesús like Bush’s thugs did with Elian Gonzales. Headlines everywhere around the world would read: “TRUMP DEPORTS BABY JESUS.” The GOP would be forever ruined, having been rendered morally bankrupt in the public sphere by the “liberal media,” who’d get to co-opt Bill O’Reilly’s “war on Christmas.” Meanwhile, the Fascist Emperor Gluteus Maximus, aka the crucifier-in-chief, would finally get his comeuppance for being a modern-day King Herod. With impeachment votes.

    • Meccalopolis

      Allah head shop yeah. Prophet dint say nuttin bout smoking no weed. Lot of Muslims I know are pretty heavy smokers actually

      • Three Finger Salute

        You laugh, but that’s actually part of the alt-reich idiots’ “meme magic” campaign against legal reefer and in favor of Trump’s anti-Muslim animus. Someone randomly looked up the Wikipedia page for the word “Assassin” (hashishin in Arabic), and pointed out that not only does “hashish” turn people into jihadists, the Muslims themselves (and of course, not just any oldMuslims, but refugees) are the ones smuggling it in (with help from Soros, of course) to recruit and brainwash potential mass murderers.

        This despite the fact that it was probably some kind of hallucinatory opiate coupled with influential indoctrination methods of one isolated kook, and not weed at all.

        Comparisons are drawn between “doped-up assassins” and the CIA’s abuse of LSD in the MK Ultra project to build perfect patsies. Then, cue the inevitable “Illuminati ISIS weed” memes of “Barack Osama” (smoking a joint) and “Le Weed Man”/”Return of the Jihadi” Trudeau.

        Sometimes I wonder what kind of poison ivy these guys are smoking.

        • PubOption

          Of course, there would be no problem allowing Scandinavian berzerkers into the country.

        • Meccalopolis

          Ah the mythical soros weed

  • mailman27

    “personal beliefs” are not to be confused with religious beliefs. Wingnut lawyers can torture a legal argument to support a belief inspired by centuries of evidence-free dogma; but “personal” beliefs? That could be (and is) ANYTHING!! Come on, man.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    I live ABQ adjacent. I say we all go down there and buy condoms to see if the pharmacist is a hypocrite. BTW, aren’t most wingnuts like anti-science? So why is this guy a pharmacist?

  • Daniel Hooper

    Couple of points here…
    1. Obviously it’s better to give pain meds than birth control. That way, the pharmacist gets to feel holier than thou AND we can continue the war on drugs. Everyone wins! Well, except the teenage girl with a pill addiction, but she doesn’t count.
    2. On a serious note, and speaking as a pharmacy tech myself, I can say that I personally have never witnessed a pharmacist refuse a script for religious reasons. Not saying it doesn’t happen and that it’s not a dick thing to do, but 99.9% of them have no problem filling anything legal. If they do, get the number for corporate and complain immediately. Odds are good you’ll get your scripts and at a discount to boot.
    3. And back to sarcasm; if people shouldn’t be put into jobs they’re not qualified for, explain how Donald Trump became president. *drops mic*

  • Thiazin Red

    Have my gynos been doing it wrong? I’ve had one put in a few times now, and I get nothing beforehand, they just jam in the spreader and put the IUD in there. Its extraordinarily painful, so I can see why the doctor prescribed them, but it hasn’t ever been presented as an option to me.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      It probably depends on the MD. Some are way more concerned with patient comfort than others. I’ve found it doesn’t always have to do with sex, either. I have a male MD that’s pretty gentle about Pap smears, but had a female practitioner who was all ” let me get my needle nosed pliers”
      It doesn’t hurt to tell them you’re in pain, and to ask for help.

    • cats530

      Yes, that damn single-toothed tenaculum is horrendous, but doctors don’t seem to care (even the women docs who should know better!)

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    I don’t know if corporations are going to consider this “religious or personal belief” thing too beneficial considering they will lose money, customers and probably named in lawsuits.

  • YoBunnyBunny

    This is my beef: perhaps I got lucky with parents who could do logic reasonably well and weigh the pros and cons of various issues. I don’t know what my parents thought about yougins and premarital sex–but I know what they thought about teen pregnancy–HELL NO!!!

    How is teens having non-procreative sex WORSE than financially dependent and inexperienced teens bringing another human being into the world?????

    Motherfuckers have some serious issues with weighing the severity of problems, in my opinion.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      it’s never been about that (the realities of life) – it’s always been about “Don’t have out-of-wedlock, fun, non babby making sex cause our god says it’s bed.”

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        whoops – meant bad, but I will let my typo stand!

      • YoBunnyBunny

        I guess that’s why my parents differed–“realities of life”. As my parents would always say–“Babies cost money–and teenage you ain’t got any!” They rightly figured any unplanned pregnancy would become their responsibility (which they would not want).

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          ayup – PLENTY of people round these parts had kids in high school or very soon after. Single mothers are pretty common for whatever reason.

          This was sex ed in my house (after a condom was found in a pair of jeans): “(Handing back condom) Keep it in your pants till you’re 30 boy.”

          Also too, I think my response sounded like man-splaining and I obviously didn’t mean it that way…I just HATE their line of thinking too. “No abortions!” “Okay, birth control it is then.” “No birth control!” “condoms?” “NO CONDOMS.” “Sex ed, surely.” “NO!”

          • Shanzgood

            My kids got good sex Ed in school (I saw the homework and talked to them about it) and plenty of age -appropriate info from me all their lives. I have regularly supplied my son with condoms since he was 17. My daughter is gay AND on birth control so no worries there!

            It’s like vaccinations, people!

          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            good on ya. Luckily I got sex ed in h.s. health class…sorta.
            I mean the teacher was the baseball coach, and he was clearly uncomfortable with it all, but at least it was somebody who’d at least had sex a few times.
            (As I recall there was NO discussion of gay or trans folk, but this was over 20 years ago, in a Texas public school, sooo)

          • Shanzgood

            IIRC, both my kids got those classes in middle school.

            Possibly because the HS that filters into has a daycare center and playground for the kids of the HS mothers while they’re in class.

          • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

            As a high school girl in NY the 70’s I saw lots of middle class teenagers get prescriptions for the pill “for their complexions” or “for their periods”. With the parents it was “don’t ask don’t tell”.

          • YoBunnyBunny

            Where I grew up, kids weren’t even making it to high school before they got pregnant!

            But to my parents credit, if they didn’t think their teenage children were responsible enough to have kids, they don’t think their adult children are any more responsible enough to have kids, hahaha!!! (but who is?).

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        My offspring didn’t want to talk to me about sex because “oh really mom I know that stuff from school”. In her late teens, she told me she wanted to be on the pill because her periods were painful. Dr okayed it and it was don’t ask, don’t tell. She did go to a school in a progressive town in California where sex Ed was very thorough.
        Also got her a sex Ed book for teens on her 15th birthday. While I got a “Ewwww really Mom?” The book disappeared into her bedroom later.

        • Three Finger Salute

          My mother got me one too. I think it was from the American Girls company. I told her it was porn and asked her to burn it. Mind you, this was after the AIDS-obsessed horror movie that was the biology class I wrote about in the comment above.

        • Courser_Resistance

          In my freshman year of college, our family therapist took me aside and told me to get ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’. Damn it, was revolutionary stuff back in 1976! But it was my bible for most of my adult life. Saved me fucktons of panic attacks over the years.

          • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

            Got that book when I left the house at 18. Scared me half to death, because, while Id heard of syphilis and gonorrhea, I had no idea that herpes, and other diseases existed ( this was pre HIV). It helped me realize that I needed to be adult and responsible about sex.

    • Meccalopolis

      Ikr, so glad I had hippy parents

    • Courser_Resistance

      Hell, my dad made it clear that if I ever got ‘in trouble’ he’d help me quietly take care of it without telling my mom. And yes, they were married ’til she died.

    • commatoes

      Remember there is a large religious contingent that truly want you to have that child. But one day after birth, “Sorry sweetheart, you’re on your own. Shouldn’t have had premarital sex in the first place. Now go be a responsible adult parent at seventeen.”

  • Me not sure

    “I’m sorry, lady but my religious beliefs prevent me from helping you. Now, if you will excuse me, I have other customers. Mr. Cosby your pills are ready.”

  • Shanzgood

    Wait, if the prescription was already filled, couldn’t he have just gotten someone else to ring it up?

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Yeah, but after an introduction like that I’m not surprised they wanted to leave and come back later for it. Who wants their medication dispensed while getting a stink eye from His High Holiness over here?

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        Especially when someone’s implying that your young daughter is being inappropriately sexually active (IE a “slut”). Most parents would be outraged.

      • Shanzgood

        I’ve encountered that picking up Plan B after a missed POP. That after multiple phone calls to my doctor’s office to ask if I needed it in the first place. They couldn’t even figure out the difference between COCs and POPs or check my records to find out what I was on so I went to Walgreen’s. They wouldn’t let me get it at the drive-through because I had to present my ID. LOOK AT ME, JACKASS. I AM OBVIOUSLY OVER 17!!! Then the sanctimonious fuckface at the counter with his over-the-glasses squinting and pursed lips. I just stared at him like I DARE YOU, MOFO! SAY SOMETHING!

        • Three Finger Salute

          I applied for a job at Walmart out of desperation. The personality questionnaire I had to fill out is ridiculous. All kinds of political questions about my beliefs on abortion, birth control, premarital/extramarital sex, same-sex marriage, guns, Obamacare… I finally finish the damn thing after a whole hour and get, “We’re sorry. It appears your answers to the preceding questions have indicated that you are not a good fit for our company culture. Thank you for applying at Walmart Careers.”

          I guess I should consider this a… blessing in disguise? “Yay, I failed the quiz to diagnose sociopathy, based on my answers not jibing with Walmart”?

          • Shanzgood

            Holy shit. All that should be illegal!

          • Three Finger Salute

            When Walmart does something, it’s not illegal.

    • Anna Rompage

      The latest memo say that if your religious beliefs do not allow you to do something, such as this, then it is your moral imperative to make sure nobody working besides you does either…

    • Courser_Resistance

      It also massively complicates things. If he has your paper script, you’re fucked. You’ll have to go back to your doc for another and they’re very hinky about opiods these days.

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    Actual Mortal Sin: Not-A-Doctor Pill-Jesus slowing the pharmacy line to a crawl

  • CosmoLupertazzi

    If you’d like to express your thoughts and opinions on this article, write Walgreen’s CEO at:
    Stefano Pessina, CEO
    Walgreen Co.
    8000 Page Avenue
    Deerfield, IL 60015

  • richardgrabman

    One has a right to any belief. One has no right to any particular job.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Today’s moral crusaders want the glory of being a martyr without the actual, you know, martyrdom. That part’s such a hassle.

      It’s about as intellectually honest as wearing a fake medal.

      • Three Finger Salute

        GOP rubes who vote against “socialism” policies like healthcare coverage and environmental protections are engaging in a sort of martyrdom. If they die as a result of filthy water and air and are unable to afford cancer treatment, that’s considered dying for your country. Fighting the good fight as part of the “citizen militia” against the steady encroach of “totalitarian big-government leftism.” Not an actual declared war, but casualties of the “culture war.” The GOP is a suicide cult no better than Heaven’s Gate.

      • HooverVilles

        Ding!

    • commatoes

      Kim Davis anyone?

  • Beowoof14

    Once again they take that story of Onan way too far. Demonstrating their lack of comprehension of the story. Onan was punished for disobeying God, not spilling his seed.

    • Three Finger Salute

      I thought he was punished because Leno wouldn’t, uh, take one on the chin.

      Oh, that was Conan. Never mind.

  • Poly_Ester

    Do BJU and similar institutions have pharmacy schools? Do graduates swear to the pharmacists’ oath? It reads in part:

    “I promise to devote myself to a lifetime of service to others through the profession of

    pharmacy. In fulfilling this vow:

    I will consider the welfare of humanity and relief of suffering my primary concerns.

    I will apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to the best of my ability to assure optimal outcomes for my patients.

    it continues from there, nothing about personal religious exemptions.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Where, exactly does the religious belief exemption end? If I believe that HIV or cancer are punishments for your sins, can I refuse to fill prescriptions? If I think that you want a prescription for Viagra to be with your lover, can I refuse that, also? How about if I’m a creationist? Can I only fill prescriptions for penicillin because bacteria can’t evolve?
      Since when did the job title of “pharmacist ” also include High Priest and Village Scold?

      • Suse

        Free scarlet letter with every purchase of contraceptives!

        • cats530

          And the pharmacist relishes the idea of personally doing the branding himself!

        • Celtic_Gnome

          When I was a young ‘un, condoms were kept behind the pharmacy counter and had to be dispensed by a pharmacist even though they didn’t require a prescription. I believe they kept an 80-year-old woman on staff just for that job.

      • Three Finger Salute

        Saudi Arabia for years had some of the highest rates of breast cancer in the world, because most of the doctors are male and it’s considered haram to expose your breasts to a man who is not your husband. So women just wouldn’t go for mammograms, because they didn’t want to die — not from cancer, but from the death penalty for “adultery.”

        They’ve improved somewhat, but the number of women over age 50 who still never had a mammogram is alarmingly high. Between 89-92% according to one study.

        http://www.healthdata.org/research-article/breast-cancer-screening-saudi-arabia-free-almost-no-takers

        So this is what the other “religion of peace” — fundie Christians — wants to bring here?

        • Red Bird Ω

          Why couldn’t they have gotten more women doctors?

          • Three Finger Salute

            It’s Saudi Arabia. Women learning to read is of the devil, let alone going to med school. There’s been very marginal improvement, but they move at a snail’s pace over there. I think it’s not just because of petroleum why they’re our “ally.” After all, Germany copied its eugenics program from the USA. The GOP would love to copy every other policy from the KSA.

          • Celtic_Gnome

            Also, too, how would a female doctor get to the office when she isn’t allowed to drive or go anywhere without a male relative as her escort?

      • Courser_Resistance

        Since science is all just a bunch of lies he’s basically your neighborhood witch doctor.

      • commatoes

        I suppose boner pills for an elder hetero couple with no intention of procreating is OK,

        But HELL NO to the old gay couple. Because, y’know blah, blah, blah, two thousand year old book says so, blah, blah, bah.

        I’m sure I would get an understanding response If I joined the army but told them afterwards that killing conflicts with my personally held religious beliefs.

        • Three Finger Salute

          You could run for Congress as a Christian and explain that robbing from the poor to give to the rich conflicts with your religious beliefs. You’d get 0 votes, because before the campaign even started, you’d probably be crucified (not with votes) for being the wrong kind of (read: not Prosperity Gospel) “Christian.”

          • commatoes

            I’m an atheist that reads about religion as a hobby. As such, I have friends of varying beliefs but on the whole mostly various Christian denominations. To a person, the Prosperity Gospel turns their stomachs. It is not surprising that its adherents vote GOP as the poors are morally deficient and the rich like the Koch brothers and Trump are simply intelligent, hard working, and moral people. One need only ignore all of the evidence (as it points to the contrary) to see the truth.

      • Poly_Ester

        The oath puts the patient first, no religious exemption,

  • canes_pugnaces

    Can we please have a total rightwing Christian ban, or at a minimum extreme vetting.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Wait ’til Mormon baristas start refusing to serve people coffee. Then shit gets real.

    • Rags

      Mormon servers were long spared from touching Demon Rum in Utah. You had to go to a special counter, staffed by a Satanist I assume, and pick up your own choice of damnation.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Funny. I know a Mormon who owns two bars. God said he can’t partake; God didn’t say he couldn’t make a living off those who do.

    • I’ve seen Muslim devotional items on the walls at convenience stores which sell alcohol. I’ve always wondered how they square that.

  • Gorillionaire

    Let me guess – this is another thing that Libertarian prick tards never get upset about.

    • Anna Rompage

      Nope, they’ll come armed to protect a Nazi’s 1st amendment right to free speech, but by no means would they ever stand up for the rights and values that make life livable for the vast majority of the population…

      • Three Finger Salute

        Like public healthcare, which even Otto von Bismarck supported. They only want to be Nazis to beat up on minorities and force Aryan women to give birth to the kindervolk. National “socialism,” however, is a “Jewish creation” or something to that effect. Not exactly the pinnacle of intelligence in the master race, these Drumpfkopfs.

    • cats530

      Of course not! The free-market pharmacist only violated women’s rights. In libertarian land women don’t have any rights. Now if a good old boy’s rights were violated, that would be a totally different story. Such as denial of a Viagra Rx. Why that might send an ammosexual into a rage, shooting up the place.

    • Of course not. They’ll tell you to go to some other pharmacy. Libertarians’ answer to any and all problems with their ideology is “go somewhere else”.

  • Three Finger Salute

    Sex ed for me was done in freshman-year biology class, which you had to get a permission slip to take. You needed 3 sciences; bio and A&P required parental approval (because naughty bits), but other than that you could choose from chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy (which wasn’t even really astronomy, it was mostly just playing connect the dots with and labeling the constellations on worksheets and talking about UFOs), or “computer science” (aka typing class).

    My mother signed off on biology because she figured the class wasn’t going to be a porn session; the lessons would be like a mini-nursing school, with lessons mostly about other parts of the body. (You had to get two parents to sign the permission slip. Kids with single parents were told tough shit. My father did because he didn’t care.) On my own, I later signed up for typing class and connect-the-dots astronomy, because I knew I wasn’t a math person and would suck at everything else.

    The sex-ed stuff didn’t happen until the end of the year, and the focus wasn’t really even on sex and relationships so much as diseases. We did do one of those take home a robot baby projects, but other than that it was all about AIDS, like it was still 1987 and people were dropping like flies. (It was 1998, so of course there were a ton of Clinton questions… and comments.) We looked at slides of STDs under a microscope; we watched “Philadelphia” and read the SI article about Magic Johnson (cue the inevitable 14-year-old boys making jokes about the name).

    The gist of the lesson was, don’t fuck unless you want your face to melt like the Nazi in Indiana Jones. Or maggots to start forming in your private parts, causing outward lesions all over your body like Tom Hanks had in the courtroom scene. Scary stuff. I don’t know how many students took it to heart. Probably none.

    Well, except me. I had graphic nightmares about bugs crawling inside of my body for that whole summer and told my mother to throw out the Backstreet Boys poster I had in my room. To this day, I’ve never even so much as attempted to court a relationship, because my trypophobia acts up. (STD bacteria under a microscope looks like ugly little holes.)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trypophobia

    I’m going to guess, though, that the nurse who works at this Walgreens is the one who designed the curriculum.

    • Anna Rompage

      I heard a report today on NPR about the high rate of teen pregnancy in Texas, highest in the nation in face, and that they only teach abstinence only education, if they teach it at all…

      • Three Finger Salute

        Southie for me, not The South. Catholic school, ain’t it a peach.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          Ooh. I got the Catholic school sex ed in sixth grade, and no one bothered to ask the parents. They put the boys in one room and the girls in a different one. Don’t know what they told the girls. A nun came in and told us that no girl would ever do that if a boy didn’t force her.

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        I’ve always thought that was another reason the holier than though crowd hates PP- there are frank,detailed instructions on their website how teenage kids can pleasure each other without risking pregnancy.

        • Three Finger Salute

          I’m guessing similar instructions are there about pleasuring one’s self. I’m also going to guess it gets blocked by a lot of school filtering software for just that reason.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          Ms. Gnome had a talk with the sibling when he got his first serious girlfriend in high school. She told him you could get off just as well from a handjob as screwing without the risk of pregnancy, and, if she gave him one, he damned well better return the favor.

          • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

            Now that’s good parenting

    • Villago Delenda Est

      When I took sex ed back in the swinging sixties/seventies, it was all “this is how we make babies” but there was no explanation of exactly how the penis (hold your horses, no dick joke coming on) found its way into the vagina (no vayjayjay jokes, either) in the first place. It was all “the sperm finds the egg, somehow, and then you shake and bake for nine months and a baby is flown in by Stork Express.”

      The entire “just how does the penis get there?” part was eliminated…the part that kids OF COURSE could find out (or already knew about) from their peers and those much smarter kids a few grades above you. The social process that goes on got no mention at all. Now, admittedly, this is a lot better than “Just say no to something” that the holy rollers want for sex ed (also known as “abstinence education”; Barstool Palin being its most prominent advocate) but still it left a lot to chance. Contraception may have been mentioned (“don’t forget your rubbers, kids!”) but much of it was left to the imagination. Now the girls might have gotten a bit more info about that, but as a penis owner, I didn’t even get a banana demonstration.

      • I remember being a kid in the 70s and knowing about the mechanics of sperm and eggs and stuff and still thinking that you could get a girl pregnant by kissing her.

  • cats530

    Attention Christian Sharia Pharmacist: This incident was not about YOUR religious beliefs. It was about a patient’s PRESCRIPTION. If you can’t fill it, then quit, but don’t inconvenience customers. Go work in a Catholic Hospital. Their policies are anti-woman also. That should make you very happy.

    • commatoes

      Odd how the pharmacist’s tender sensitivities supercedes the prescribing physician’s judgement.

  • Suse

    I was a pregnancy counselor in a community clinic in a previous life. We had a family planning unit, in addition to pediatrics and general medicine. Our FP dept. was separate from the others and down a long hallway. There was a young woman who came to work as an assistant in pediatrics. She quit in a huff after two days when she discovered to her horror that there were wanton sluts getting their GYN needs seen to in the same building!

    • TundraGrifter

      Better a wanton slut than a wantin’ slut.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    These motherfucking holy roller pharmacists need to find new jobs. Since they’re in New Mexico, I suggest they be put to work cleaning up the Trinity site.

    • Goposaur

      More appropriately, Jackass Flats.

    • commatoes

      I seem to remember something about “judge not lest ye be judged” in that book he likes.

      • UpstateNYObserver

        Likes, but likely never read – only been read to with selected bits. Kinda like Christianity before Guttenberg and his printing press.

        • Three Finger Salute

          That guy printed way too many copies of Police Academy with it though.

          • UpstateNYObserver

            That’s about the right intellectual level for this guy, but he’d cramp up since some women were even competent in that movie, including a very young Kim Cattral. I doubt he could abide that.

      • Three Finger Salute

        I think that’s Trump’s favorite line in Corinthians II: Electric Boogaloo. He’s going to use it in court as a threat against the so-called judges.

        • commatoes

          Oddly my one of my favorite verses actually comes from Corinthians.

          When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things.1 Cor. 13:11

          Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of these least, ye did it not unto me. Matt. 25:45 (the preceding verses get a lot more press).

          I’m sure “the donald” doesn’t need to read the Bible because he has the “best brain” that comes up with the “best words”.

  • Shanzgood

    Because I’m feeling slightly ragey, I’d just like to point out that it takes YEARS of incidents like this – of women getting told to go to a different pharmacy for their slutmeds or go to a whole different fucking STATE for an abortion -for legal action to happen. But you tell guys that they have to go down the HALL or wait a few hours to watch a different screening of Wonder Woman and they start filing civil right complaints.

    • Red Bird Ω

      I think by now we all know that the legal system was not set up to benefit women.

      • Shanzgood

        True, but it’s not just that. Women are too are accustomed to being turned away for BASIC HEALTHCARE. But men who weren’t ever even turned away from one of the Alamo Drafthouse’s MOVIE SCREENINGS start immediately screeching about civil rights being violated.

        My mind really shouldn’t be so boggled but it is.

    • John Thorstensen

      Oh, but you don’t understand — not being able to see Wonder Woman at ANY SCREENING I WANT, EVER is a terrible imposition that will change my life forever. And Jimmy Carter was history’s worst monster!

      Also, I’ve been telling my wife I want to grow a neckbeard, but she’s having none of it.

      [Poe’s law requires me to state that this message may contain sarcasm.]]

      • Shanzgood

        I think we got it, no /s/ tag required.

        Plus, you should thank your wife for the neckbeard veto.

        • John Thorstensen

          In real life, I have a beard, trimmed, and no intention whatsoever of converting it into a neckbeard.

          Though it would be kind of cool if I weren’t happily married, to have all those Chunky Reese Witherspoons finding me totally irresistible! Umm-hmm!

          • Shanzgood

            Oh. I guess it’s different here in my house.

        • John Thorstensen

          The reference on Carter for those who are not familiar:

          https://vimeo.com/72381720

          • Shanzgood

            That’s poop. I love Jimmy!

  • cats530

    “Except he actually did not! Not that it was any of his business, or that
    it should make any difference either way, but the girl was getting an
    IUD not for birth control purposes, but rather because of complications
    in her menstrual cycle.”

    Male religious freaks (the ones who are doing most of the misogynist raving) believe there are no other uses for OCs and LARCs than for preventing pregnancy. I’ve had it man-splained to me ad nauseum.

    • Shanzgood

      It’s possible that he thought the misopristol was for a medical abortion, ignoring the fact that it’s also used to help resolve an incomplete spontaneous abortion (missed miscarriage). That or he knew it was for IUD prep and objected to IUDs on the mistaken belief that their main MOA is preventing fertilized eggs from implanting (which they consider to be an abortion). Either way, I’m not sure I would want someone so ignorant of how about actual science and medicine works to handle my prescriptions.

      That’s not to say what he did was okay. I’m just saying it’s another argument as to why a stupid fuck like him shouldn’t be allowed to be involved in the medical profession.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        What he “thought” was irrelevant. It is not his job to diagnose medical conditions or second-guess physicians. It is his job to fill the fucking prescription. But you’re right – he should not be a pharmacist.

        • Shanzgood

          That’s the thing that gets me. The article says that the prescription was already filled. All the objecting pharmacist needed was a cashier available to check them out and there should have been no problem.

          If the pharmacist withheld the prescription because he didn’t want them to have it or simply didn’t want to handle it by touching it on his watch on his way to a neutral cashier, that’s even more bogus than not filling it and telling them to go to another pharmacy because he’d have had to transfer the prescription, and how is that any different?

          Oh god don’t answer, it’s all insane.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            American culture is frequently insane. Where I live you have to be 21 to be a supermarket cashier and pick up a customer’s bottle of wine off the belt and scan it and bag it. As this is a university town, we have lots of under-21 cashiers. They have to call an older cashier to come over and pick it up, scan it, and bag it. Then the 19-yr-old cashier picks up your broccoli and scans it. It’s fucking insane. And although Missouri state law allows people to buy tobacco at age 18, my local City Council passed an ordinance restricting sale to over-21’s. More insanity.

            And if I want to buy a bottle of wine at 2 am it’s illegal. I can buy it at 1:59 am. So I was driving home from the hospital at 3 am after a friend died, and I wanted a bottle of wine. Nope. Couldn’t buy it.

        • Bob

          Actually second guessing physicians is exactly his job lol. I’m a pharmacist and don’t agree with what he did but if your doctor writes an Rx that could kill you I’m sure you want your pharmacist to second guess it.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            True, but that “second guessing” is actually just an additional check based upon a very narrow scope- namely patient safety. And correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t your next step at that point to contact the doctor, not just refuse to fill the prescription?

          • Bob

            Not in this case. If a pharmacist is refusing because of “moral” reasons all he/she has to do legally is offer another way for the patient to obtain the medication which it sounds like he did. He’s a prick, but he’s a prick who is practicing legally just from what I’ve gathered from the article.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            I get that he may well be within his rights thanks to the overly broad conscientious statutes (that only seems to apply to slut pills these days), but my point is that barring that clause, a pharmacist should only be concerned with second guessing a physician’s prescription in terms of patient safety.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            Maybe, it depends. I can buy a bottle of pain meds that would kill me if I swallowed the whole bottle, but I don’t swallow the whole bottle, I take them one at a time. I would certainly want the pharmacist to inform me that a prescription might kill me. But if I have a valid prescription and I want to buy it anyway, he/she has no right to interfere between me and my physician. But the odds of that happening are so extremely low that it’s not a good comparison. What is more likely to happen is that a pharmacist might notice that two or more prescriptions have negative interactions with each other, and in that case it would be good for them to speak up.

          • Scott Desmond

            I get your point but as a pharmacist if we didn’t second guess the doc and you died you bet your ass your family is going to be screaming we shouldn’t have filled the drug while they sue the hell out of me.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            Yes, I see your point. That wouldn’t happen in my case because I have no family who would care enough to sue anyone, and I suppose this affects my point of view.

      • UpstateNYObserver

        He was being a complete asshole and he was insufficiently trained as well. As a pharmacist he damn well better know what drugs are used for what. It the core part of his job. It’s not just counting out pills and putting them in the bottle.

        • Shanzgood

          Ok I’m perfectly happy to call the guy an ignorant asshole.

    • commatoes

      Why is it that the most vociferous religions, seem to have misogyny in common?

      • cats530

        Misogyny is a built-in feature of patriarchal religions, rather than a flaw in the design.

  • cats530

    When push comes to shove over these religious ideological purity battles, who will win? Will it be “corporate people” or individuals? In Trump’s America (where corporations are king and lip service is given to religious freedom) if enough individuals are putting dents into corporate profits, they individuals are going to get steamrolled, I’m thinking.

    • Three Finger Salute

      This is one of the things that concerns me about the push for single-payer. If the Hyde Amendment is not simultaneously repealed as part of the single-payer bill, a lot of women are going to be at a disadvantage, because they’d then have to purchase an extra layer of private insurance for “luxury” coverage that gets the GOP in a huff.

      As it stands now, I don’t think misopristol can be covered by Medicaid because of the intent of the Hyde Amendment (no taxpayer monies are allowed to be used for abortion services). I’m sure there would be dozens of court challenges over covering birth control and reproductive healthcare in general. But Medicare has to pay for Viagra, that’s a God-given right.

      How is it that civilized countries found a way to limit the influence of Bronze Age superstitious moralizing on public policy (yet still allow people to practice privately as long as they don’t harm anyone else), while we still have to write bills with more loopholes than Shaq’s sneakers just to placate the stubborn Bible-thumping crowd?

      • UpstateNYObserver

        Such is one of the downsides of universal suffrage -even the clinically deluded are allowed to vote.

      • Jonathan Cantrell

        Did no one bother to actually read this article in it’s entirety? It clearly states that the pharmacist refused to sell misoprostol. Misoprostol has several uses, one of which is to induce an abortion. People should also understand that the pharmacist is a healthcare professional and is completely within his or her rights to refuse to dispense any prescription. People should understand that a retail pharmacy is simply a business and thus is afforded the right to deny services.

        • WomanInThePersistence

          Beg pardon? If a medicine has one of several uses, why does the pharmacist assume that he knows what this particular med is being prescribed for?

        • jodyleek

          Why didn’t he just call the doctor? If a med can be prescribed for various conditions, then call the doctor to clarify.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            I think that privacy laws might prevent the doctor from revealing that information.

          • Tiny kaiju

            It’s not a violation of HIPPA if another healthcare professional has a legitimate request to share the information. He could have been sly and asked about it under based on concern about the patient’s age related to the dose. Really all he was concerned about was being a self righteous god-botherer.

        • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

          I was prescribed misoprostol to help ready me for a D&C following a late miscarriage. Fuck this pharmacist and any other who thinks he knows better.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        I think it has something to do with the country being originally colonized by moral scolds when all of Europe decided they were tired of putting up with their shit.

  • Goposaur

    Pull his license.

    • cats530

      Or at least file a complaint with the board that regulates his pharmacist’s license.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    An IUD is pretty much the treatment-of-last-resort for severe menstrual pain in young women. When I was 13 and having such severe pain that I missed 2 days of school every month, they put me on codeine because no gynecologist would give a 13-yr-old birth control pills in 1969. The codeine did relieve the pain – but I missed 2 days of school every month anyway because I was floating somewhere around the ceiling for 48 hours. And it has long-term side effects, which is probably why I have severe IBS-C today. When I was 14 my mother found a new gynecologist who put me on The Pill. This eliminated the cramps, but in those days the pills were very strong, and they began to make me sick. I was 20 before they came out with low-dose birth control pills that actually worked without severe side effects. Meanwhile, I was back on codeine. And this is why I would like to see the owners of Hobby Lobby. . . sorry, the non-commenting rules won’t allow it.

    • UpstateNYObserver

      You painted a nice word picture where we can all fill in the blank in the way that meets our imaginations expectations best….;-)

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    I remember the wingnuts losing their collective shit because a walmart cashier with a muslimy sounding name had a sign at his register that said, “no alcohol.” Turns out the reason for the sign had nothing to do with religion and everything to do with him being underage. #FuckingHypocrits. #GetALife.

    • TundraGrifter

      When I worked in a Chicago-area grocery store, customers had to reach over the counter and push the cash register button to complete the sale of alcohol if the clerk was under 21.

      It wasn’t a religious rite.

      • Rags

        Drinking age in Mi is 21. Min age for bartenders is 18.

  • Spurning Beer

    It is my personal belief that you should not do such-and-such.

    This why Jesus said, “Blessed are the bossy-ass control monsters, for they shall tell everyone else what to do rather than mind their own fucking business, the flaming assholes.”

    • commatoes

      You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you
      will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:5

      Just gets lip service though. Evidently, railing against hypocrisy AND not being a hypocrite is just too damn hard.

  • javadavis

    “I’m sorry, but this case makes it clear …”
    Your gender is showing. There is nothing to be sorry for when you expect a person to do their f-ing job.

  • Notreelyhelping

    I hate to wish misfortune on another human being, but, y’know…fire this asshole’s motherfucking ass.

    Just an opinion.

  • Spurning Beer

    I posted this idea a few years ago, I think, and it still seems like a good plan.

    I’m getting me a job with an exterminator business. Then, after the probationary period, I’m going to announce that I’ve converted to Jainism, and cannot kill any living thing. Or maybe take a job as a lumberjack and then become a Druid. Either way, I’m going to do some snoozing on company time.

    Or, now that I think about it, maybe it’s worth playing the other side of the issue. I’m going to start a church which has the sincerely held religious doctrine that thou shalt not render jack squat unto Caesar. Wonder what the Supreme Court would do with that?

    • Three Finger Salute

      I don’t know about the Supreme Court, but the DoJ might send Jefferson Beauregard and his Johnny Reb SWAT team to go all Reno on your compound. And I don’t mean the sister city to Vegas either…

      • Spurning Beer

        But, but, but,…my religious freedom!

        • Three Finger Salute

          Mammonism is the state religion and therefore the law of the land.

          • TundraGrifter

            And 10% is its profit.

  • Oneofthebobs

    How fortunate that my deeply held belief that violence is wrong still overcomes the impulse to grab the nearest blunt instrument, (votes) and make it fit the contour of this guy’s head.

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    Oh, those poor Catholic pharmacists forced to fill prescriptions for birth control, RU486 and Plan B! Those poor Scientologist physicians forced to refer patients to psychiatrists! Those poor Jehovah Witness emergency room nurses having to perform
    blood transfusions! So persecuted and put-upon!

    OK, imagine a small town in Alaska where the only hospital in town is owned by the Catholic Church. A rape victim presents, asking for treatment for her injuries and emergency contraception. There’s not another town (or hospital) within hundreds of miles. And just for context, Alaska’s crime rate for forcible rape is almost 3 times the national average. What is our rape victim to do?

    Your mileage may vary, but I don’t think the state should license individuals to practice medicine if they are not ready, willing and able to provide all legal therapies that are within their competence to provide.

    • Three Finger Salute

      OK, imagine a small town in Alaska where the only hospital in town is owned by the Catholic Church. A rape victim presents, asking for treatment for her injuries and emergency contraception. There’s not another town (or hospital) within hundreds of miles. And just for context, Alaska’s crime rate for forcible rape is almost 3 times the national average. What is our rape victim to do?

      Answer: Float away and die on an ice floe to avoid bringing shame to your community.*

      *This message brought to you by the U.S. Republican Party (a division of Warren Jeffs Children of God Ministries and the Trump Organization), and Bristol Palin’s Like a Virgin, Doncha Know! Chastity Belts and Abstinence Training LLC. Guaranteed 100% Success Rate at Preventing All Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancies. (No, Really.)

      • Mike

        Small town Alaska…try Anchorage…for many years the only hospital we had was Providence Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic Hospital.

        • Three Finger Salute

          It must be awful to know that there’s a civilized country right next door to you that doesn’t pull this kind of shit. Must be how the East Germans felt looking over the wall (the waaaaaaalll…) and seeing freedom and democracy where they had none.

          • Lori

            Eh, there are plenty of places in the lower 48 that only have a Catholic hospital, where the nearest non-Catholic hospital is an hour or more away. Good luck to any woman experiencing an ectopic pregnancy in one of those places.

    • TundraGrifter

      Sounds like Duh Gov’s Alaska. Paying for rape kits and all that.

    • Eileen Besse

      Lots of Cath’lics use the good old birth control these days. And we have other reasons for legal drugs, so I think we’re pretty much outta THIS nut job thing….

  • UpstateNYObserver

    Well, this is another case where a serious boycott risk might get their attention. I’d start looking at CVS or a local pharmacy (any who’d take my prescription plan) and make damn sure the manager and the chain knew why I’d left, how it was going to be plastered all over Facebook, Twitter and any other social media path I could find. Most Pharmacies now post pictures of their pharmacists, a quick snap from a cellphone and post to your accounts with a warning to avoid the loony religious nutcase at Walgreens would also be in order (store # and address would be really good to add too). Outing him full on to the community as a whole would be a true public service. Corporate would notice and since Walgreens isn’t Hobby Lobby stupid, they’ll probably drop the hammer this dickhead in very short order.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    What is wrong with these people? He was filing a prescription. A doctor had written his patient a prescription. Oh jeeezuzzzzzfukingchrist.

  • Ricky Gay

    I really hope they mortar his pestle, vigorously!

    • Mike

      Til they have to apothecary his ass right out the compound…

      • Ricky Gay

        I wanna watch when he is drug out!

  • Bob

    It’s pharmacist discretion. I totally disagree with how he practices but it’s legal and has been held up in courts for decades. ACLU will lose due to precedence. You can never force a pharmacist to fill a prescription otherwise pharmacists would have to fill prescriptions they know are incorrect and potentially dangerous.

    • Mike

      I’m not an attorney but what you’ve cited is a precedent for not forcing a pharmacist to fill a prescription based on a scientific or expert opinion.

      This pharmacist based his decision on a religious tenet not even shared by all religions, surely a good lawyer could make a case.
      Allowing an exemption for refusal of services or goods because of a religious tenet is akin to legalizing bigotry…it will fail.

      • Bob

        Trust me. These cases are brought to court every year. Every year “pharmacist discretion” is held up in a court of law. Like I said I don’t agree with how he practices but the courts consistently hold this up as law.

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          got a citation or two for us?

          • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

            Of course not.

          • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

            “Trust Me” p. 1128, Article 2.5, subsection “what, this is not good enough?”

          • Bob

            http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/pharmacist-conscience-clauses-laws-and-information.aspx
            You can also find it in your own state’s board of pharmacy rules online. A lot of states may defer to the employer’s rules. Most retail pharmacies allow moral objection as long as the pharmacist provides another means for obtaining the RX. This guy did that sounds like.

          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            thanks for providing a source…I’ll read it, but from what I’ve seen, it appears you are correct.

          • Bob

            Please write to your state lawmaker to get these laws changed! Even if it is just for contraceptives

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            I’m no lawyer, but the problem seems to stem from the Bush era, 2008 specifically, when W’s Department of Health and Human Services wildly expanded the scope of existing conscientious objection rules with the Medical Conscience Rule. Some guy named Michael Leavitt opened Pandora’s box so that various newly enacted state laws designed to aid the religious nutters would now protect pharmacists hiding behind the concept of conscientious objection so that they could slut shame the wimmenz

        • Mike Steele

          Our new Christo-Taliban Sharia Law, I take it.

      • Bob

        It doesn’t have to be just scientific/ medical objection it can be moral objection also fyi.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      i think the REASON he refused to fill it is probative.

      • Eileen Besse

        You use language cunningly. I like it.

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          Thank you!
          : D

    • TundraGrifter

      Bob: I’m not a pharmacist or an attorney but this case appears to be someone practicing medicine without a license. The pharmacist in question refused to fill the prescription based on his assumption of the medical need.

      • Bob

        Pharmacists are licensed medical professionals and legally have the right to refuse dispensing a prescription based on “moral” grounds. Usually a corporation (like Walgreens) will add that the pharmacist has to find another way for the patient to obtain the RX if he/she refuses on moral grounds. It sounds like he did that so likely they won’t have a case.

        • Covfefe

          A pharmacist can refuse to fill a prescription for a good reason, a bad reason or no reason at all, so long as it is not an unlawful reason. To decide not to fill a prescription on the basis of the sex of the patient is an unlawful reason.

          • Bob

            Basis of sex is just how the lawyer is spinning it. A judge probably won’t see it that way.

          • Covfefe

            As a general rule, judges are not as dumb as you think they are.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Really? How come Christian and Muslim cabbies are required to drop people off at liquor stores and bars?

      • Bob

        Ummm pretty sure pharmacy law doesn’t cover cabbies but…Ya know. Maybe I missed something on the pharmacy law exam lol

        • SisterArtemis

          sneaky bastards!

        • Lori

          There is no good reason for pharmacists to be designated as special snowflakes. They need to do their job, all of their job, or find another job.

      • CriticalDragon1177

        Actually if I remember correctly there were some Muslim cabbies that refused to pickup anyone with Alcohol because they felt that it violated their religious beliefs. Off course I don’t believe that they should be allowed to do that either.

    • Cat Cafe Honors Paris Accord

      Doesn’t remotely apply. He wasn’t refusing to fill it because he thought it was “incorrect” or “potentially dangerous.” He was refusing to hand over an already filled medication because he “disapproved” for “extremist religious reasons.” This is exactly like refusing to fill someone’s prescription because they don’t agree that the earth is flat. Why are you trying to justify it?

      • This. It was already filled.
        The prescription was already filled.
        That is why this is discrimination not discretion.

        • Bob

          Even just the ringing up of an already filled prescription falls under the “dispensing” act of pharmacy. A pharmacist has every right to not sell it even if another pharmacist filled it. In my state a technician can’t even sell an already filled prescription while I am in the bathroom. If there is no pharmacist in the pharmacy, it is illegal for them to sell/ dispense it.

          • DT

            We get what the laws say. We are saying they’re bullshit.

          • Bob

            Maybe you do. But others don’t just judging by the comments. And pharmacy isn’t easy or intuitive. A lot of people fail pharmacy law exams because the laws are arbitrary sometimes. If you think it’s bullshit, please write your state lawmakers to change the law.

          • DT

            No, all the other comments are trying to force the law to be read in a way that conforms to their values.

      • Bob

        Pharmacists can also refuse to fill on moral grounds. They just have to provide another way for the patient to get it. If you look at your own state’s pharmacy laws, you will find the law.

        • Cat Cafe Honors Paris Accord

          Yes. He didn’t do the second part, though, did he?

          • Bob

            “told her she’d have to go to another Walgreens to get the prescription”
            Not a lot of effort but it counts.

          • Cat Cafe Honors Paris Accord

            Yeah, no.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            That seems to be the crux of the issue- the definition of reasonable. Is it reasonable to send someone to another location of the same pharmacy in town? It probably is. At what point does it become unreasonable? A different pharmacy chain? The next city over? When exactly does it become an undue burden on the patient? It may be worth the ACLU’s time to pin that down.

          • Lori

            It absolutely isn’t reasonable to send someone to another location, certainly not when they’ve been called and told that the script is ready at the location they’re at.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            I agree. If I were the one making that call, I’d say that anything beyond handing the transaction off to another employee at that same location constitutes an undue burden for the patient

          • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

            Not a lot of effort if she drove. What if she’s relying on public transportation? Or has to get a ride from a family member?

            Bob, you seem like one of the good guys but I find it odd that you just joined today and your entire comment history exists solely in this thread.

          • Lori

            It may count, but it shouldn’t.

    • Left Coast Tom

      My google-fu indicates this depends upon the state, but doesn’t turn up anything regarding NM.

      They give this California example, which sounds very much like what Walgreens claims their policy to be (and which Robyn pointed out is rather hard to actually implement):

      California pharmacists have a duty to dispense
      prescriptions and can only refuse to dispense a prescription, including
      contraceptives, when their employer approves the refusal and the woman
      can still access her prescription in a timely manner.

      • Bob

        when their employer approves the refusal and the woman – key statement. Most retail pharmacies like I said allow their pharmacist to refuse as long as they provide another way for the patient to obtain it. Of course it depends on the state. Welcome to America. But most states allow pharmacist discretion. And even when they don’t you’ll notice they only refuse it specifically for emergency contraception which is OTC now anyway. Just because you don’t agree with what I am saying doesn’t mean I’m wrong. You just don’t know the law. And like I said this guy though practicing legally is not practicing ethically in my opinion. You would prolly have to go to NM board of pharmacy site to find their law.

        • Left Coast Tom

          Not simply another way to obtain it, but to do so in a timely manner. Which appears to be the point here.

          • Bob

            I’m not sure what the legal definition of “timely manner” is. It could be a day or a week depending on the script. Also I can’t tell from the article if he transferred the rx to a Walgreens that had the product or what. In any case I hope everyone who is writing on this board is also writing to change the law at least for contraception in their state.

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          i can’t seem to find any specific statute in new mexico on moral refusal, but the site is a pain in the ass.

    • Lori

      That’s complete BS that would never have made it through the courts if half the country wasn’t a bunch of RWNJs. Not allowing a pharmacist to refuse to fill a correct, legal prescription because of their personal beliefs about things that are none of their damn business does not in any logical way lead to forcing them to fill incorrect and potentially medically dangerous prescriptions.

      The ACLU needs to keep bringing these cases until the courts wise up and stop indulging this shit. Precedents are not eternal.

  • Mike

    Muslims want to pray at work, Christians want to proselytize, Jews demand Saturday off, and Mormons want 5 wives…I don’t even want to know what Satanists demand.

    Work is about earning money and religion can get in the way of that….we can’t be expected to accommodate every religious tenet people have.
    If you can’t do the job, you don’t deserve the job.

    • Three Finger Salute

      “I don’t even want to know what Satanists demand.”

      Tickets to Ozzfest?

    • norcalOG

      Please God, keep these people away from my liquor store. (“Sorry sir, my religious beliefs won’t permit me to sell you that Bourbon…”)

    • DT

      Satanists usually just demand learning.

  • pgjack

    Religion is bunk. Religious fanatics such as this pharmacist think they know everything, that the answer to everything is in their interpretation of one book or one oral creed passed along like a rumor. It’s pathetic and permitting dispensers of medications to use their insanity as an excuse to discriminate needs to be illegal.

    • willi0000000

      for probably one or two thousand years those stories weren’t even written down anywhere . . . how much telephone game and deliberate alteration/glossing happened during that time?

      • thixotropic jerk

        IKR? Originally it was “fries and knishes” not “loaves and fishes!”

        • willi0000000

          not only that, originally it was “mom made some extra for a ‘leftovers lunch’ tomorrow but a couple of guys showed up around dinner time and so they got the ‘leftovers'”

    • Cat Cafe Honors Paris Accord

      It’s not even religion at this point. This “pharmacist” has a cruel, bullying, woman-hating, 2nd-century wish to view women as vessels or inanimate objects and wants to force that on paying customers in the 21st century. He would be fired immediately if this was about anything other than womens’ sexuality and if he’d cited any other “religion” besides Christianity. Refusing to fill a prescription because a man was wearing different fabrics, or because he didn’t have a beard, for example, or saying someone who believed in gravity should be burned at the stake, would be seen as ludicrous. But this is exactly the same thing. We are so inculcated with a prudish attitude towards sex, and slut-shaming, that almost everyone secretly thinks “well, he has a point….” But he doesn’t. At all.
      It’s grotesque.

      • HooverVilles

        Eggggggsactly

    • janey

      whatever happened to ‘you follow your religion and I will follow mine’?

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    I’m confused. If the prescription was ready, it had already been filled by a willing pharmacist. A pharmacy tech can just ring the order up. You don’t need a pharmacist to run your credit card.

    ETA: I’m confused by the idea that it’s too expensive to keep two pharmacists on duty at all time. I mean, it is expensive, but it should have been OK in this case? Because it was already filled.

    • DT

      But then how would they know they’re sluts?

  • Incoming Ham

    He is has misinterpreted Jesus’ statement “Suffer the little children.”

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Maybe someone should open up “Christian” pharmacies where all the RWNJs can go, and the rest of us can avoid them like the plague.

    • CriticalDragon1177

      No, because the only way they will learn to tolerate people who disagree with them, is if they have to deal with them. The RWNJs need to be sent the message that they can’t live in a world where they never have to be around anyone who isn’t a far right Christian.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I’d be thrilled if I never had to deal with any of them again.

        • CriticalDragon1177

          Maybe so, but that’s not a compelling argument. The more bigots get what they want, the worse they get. The only way they will learn to live in the modern world, and tolerate those they disagree with, is if they’re forced to. The more they are able to get what they want, the more radical and determined to impose their backwards way of morality on everyone else.

  • TundraGrifter

    Did you hear about the Christian Scientist who became a pharmacist and never issued any prescriptions to anyone?

    I didn’t either.

    • SisterArtemis

      As a grandkid of C.S. devotees, and who went to C.S. church for a time, this rings true to me. My grandparents were plenty happy to share their ideas with people, but would NEVER force them on anyone, and most likely would have considered it quite odd, even unethical, to take a job which might be in conflict with their beliefs about medicine.

  • JesusWasAHippie

    Maybe pharmacies that employ the holier-than-thou should be required to alert the customer beforehand, so they’ll know to stay the hell away and get their prescriptions filled elsewhere. “WARNING pharmacist Betterthanyou thinks he has a keener understanding than your doctor does about what medication you and yours should be putting into your bodies, and will act accordingly.”

    • Bob

      I agree that there should be some way for patients to know. Something like Yelp would help with this. I worked with a pharmacist like this and it was a nightmare. I think our customers just figured out to only come in when I was working.

    • storie

      This can be applied in any public accommodation bidness where the owner or employee is too holy actually serve the public. A simple sign in the window. I can just hear the Christers screaming that this is the equivalent of forcing Jews to identify themselves by wearing the Star of David. They will loooove the chance to call persecution. But I still think it is a reasonable solution.

    • phoenix00

      Honesty-is-best-policy? Are fundies ever honest?

  • norcalOG

    Next, a Seventh Day Adventist who refuses customer’s request for a hamburger?

    • JesusWasAHippie

      Ready to order? Yes, I’ll have the six-ounce sirloin. I’m sorry sir, I can’t bring you that. It’s against my religion.

    • commatoes

      Want to see what happens if we allow this? India’s PM Modi and his party (BJP) banned beef because it was offensive to Hindus.

  • Paperless Tiger

    Jesus Christ Apothecary!

  • Scrofula

    C’mon people, the Bible figured this out 2800 years ago, in Leviticus 15. After being unclean for the duration, plus seven days after that, “On the eighth day she must bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons and present them to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle.”
    I don’t see what’s so hard about this!

  • Ilgattomorte

    Robyn, this is very shortsighted of you. Many of us are deeply religious and should not be forced to endanger our very souls or leave our jobs. My profession is more than a job, it is a calling. I was born to be a florist!

    It is not my fault that as a deeply religious, reformed, orthodox Druid I cannot bring myself to cut a plant, pot a plant, endanger a plant or allow people to treat a plant as anything other than a deity that should be worshiped. You assume this makes me bad at my job, but au contraire.

    I assure you, anyone who wishes to come in and pray to a ficus, dance around a Chinese Maple or have carnal relations with rose bush is more than welcome and will be served promptly. But, I will not sell cut flowers to a philistine who only wishes to engage in wanton secular flower blasphemy!

    I think my beliefs are very reasonable and, more so, I provide a value add as well. I ask you. How many florists do you know that, in addition to plant services, will provide a fully slaughtered goat’s head with intestines on the side? So there!

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Hee hee

    • HooverVilles

      IMHO this wins the interwebs for a day. I regret that I can only give one up vote to this.
      >^o.o^<

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      OK, I was going to write something about a vegan who gets a job at McDonald’s and refuses to server customers hamburgers but yours is better. Kudos.

    • chascates

      I find your ideas fascinating and wish to finance your run for Congress.

      • JesusWasAHippie

        Agreed.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      The irony is, I think what you describe would be A-OK, because you simply don’t provide a given product at all. Where it becomes a problem is if you restrict the carnal relations with rose bushes to certain classes of customers based on their status.
      .
      Related question: do you have private rooms available, or do I have to have the carnal relations in front of everyone?

      • Tiny kaiju

        It’s best to take the plant home and give it a drink of water first. That way the plant is perkier and you get less potting soil on the floor.

        • Gayer Than Thou

          Is potting soil the santorum in this context?

          • Tiny kaiju

            Yes. Watch out for the plant sap though, and never, ever fuck a pine tree.

          • JesusWasAHippie

            What? Pines need love too!

          • lurch394

            And roses, too!

    • commatoes

      Out of curiosity, with respect to the roses, are your customers usually “tops”, “bottoms”, or a distribution of both?

      Not that I have a “personal” interest. Just curious is all. ;-)

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    Sorry, Mister Pharmacist, but I cannot fill your prescription for 400mg Holisanctimony® at this time.

    My personal beliefs are that your hypocritical “christianist” fuckwaddery is conflicted with the Enûma Eliš and I cannot allow you to place the eternal force of Mummu in jeopardy.

    I have a pretty good idea you’ve been worshipping derivative fad gods, which clearly is an affront to Kingu, who died so you could live!

  • gkshenaut

    The corporate policy should require the refusing pharmacist to call over the other employee. In that case, the customer wouldn’t even need to know that anything odd happened. And in the event no such employee was around, then (as the current policy states), the pharmacist would not have the right to refuse fill it.

    • But how will he punish those heathen sluts if they do not even know about his religious objections?

    • shivaskeeper

      That is the corporate policy if the other pharmacist is on duty at the same time. Some things the pharmacy tech are not allowed to fill by law. If the other pharmacist is off duty/not scheduled for the day/whatever else, how is it fair to call them to do the job the pharmacist on duty refuses to do?

      • gkshenaut

        As I wrote, in the case where no alternate employee is at hand, the pharmacist can’t refuse to fill the prescription. (This is the letter of the current policy.)

        • shivaskeeper

          But he did. And he will be rightly sued for it and should probably be fired. Even if the ACLU loses the case it will hopefully narrow down even further the religious fuckery that gets passed off as a moral obligation in a professional setting.

          Edit: I was unclear. I wouldn;t doubt if the counter argument is going to be they could have gone ot another pharmacy or waited until he off duty person was called in and anything less than that is an affront to this clowns religion.

          • gkshenaut

            I think my point was that the corporate policy as reported is incomplete. It should specify how to serve the customer’s needs, including what to do if no shabbat goy is available to step in.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The point is to be an asshole right in the slut’s face. Just abiding by their strange conscience isn’t enough for fundies. It’s about getting in people’s faces to display their piety in defiance of Mark 6:5.

  • Mike Steele

    Lady MS: Back in the day, was tasked with training a new letter carrier in our office. He was the son of a regional bigwig – postal legacy, if you will – and I was given the ‘privilege’ of breaking him in (later, assumed it was my boss punking me). From the moment we hit the truck, he paid not one whit of attention to what I was explaining to him, instead inquiring about the status of my soul and preaching his version of the gospel. After politely asking him to knock it off several times, I finally said, “If you were really a Christian and concerned about my fate, you’d fucking pay attention, because if you screw up tomorrow and I’m the one who trained you, it’s MY ass – get it?” He didn’t say another word, and declined a ride back to his car (3 mi. away) at day’s end, choosing instead to walk – no doubt bearing that burdensome cross. Told my boss, who was nose-spitting his coffee:) Fellow didn’t make it through 90-day probie period, as he was delivering the mail he chose, and ditching Playboys and other matter that offended him. Even Jesus laughed.

  • JParkerSD46

    Wonder how many prescriptions for Viagra this dipshit fills without a second glance. He might just figure old, wrinkled penises need to spread their seed for Jeebus.

    • Grokenstein

      “My sperm may have shot its wad long ago–get it?–but it’s God will that I keep enjoying orgasms!!”

  • Lordpnut

    He will not be invited to rod the streets of Valhalla eternal with me, shiny and chrome.

  • major_asshole

    If your fucking JOB is to fill prescriptions, then do your fucking job and quit preaching your fucked up version of religion. Your God–who, by the fucking way, is quite disappointed in your bigoted ass–would have you not force your own fucking beliefs on someone else.

    You ever hear of “render unto Caesar?” Yeah, fuckwads, doing your goddamned job is part of rendering unto Caesar.

  • Iam Reading

    Fucking fundies……they ruin everything

  • Lizernst

    Just take your business to CVS.

    • Grokenstein

      CVS is the Mountain Dew of drugstores.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMv3sh8gAc8

      • RSSAA

        CVS tastes like anti-freeze?

    • Or the Walmart pharmacy. They’ll be grateful for not having a customer show them the weeping rash on their back.

    • shivaskeeper

      Next time, sure. This time, fill the prescription or quit your job.

    • Spurning Beer

      CVS has been doing the same bullshit for a few years, accommodating the deeply held religious beliefs of dipshit pharmacists.

  • POTENTIAL EMPLOYEE TO EMPLOYER: I’ll take one of them jobs I don’ have to do on account of it making Babby Jesus cry.

  • empf

    Sorry but if your job is to fill prescriptions, then FILL THE PRESCRIPTION. Or do something else for a living.

    • John Mruzik

      Ah! but I have the control. I Rx what i Damn when please

    • gene108

      I think some of these guys go in to sabotage the system from within, for the greater glory of Jesus; they shall be martyrs for the cause (and get some wing-nut welfare bucks for their suffering).

  • John Mruzik

    while was away getting drunk and a new EMR program should all Democrats simply say ” He is an idiot and why are you listening to him?:

  • John Mruzik

    Just out curiosity, what will the Republicans say when he get impeached?

  • John Mruzik

    I’m just a drunk country doctor…..

  • maman

    They gave you vicodin? I got 800mg of Ibuprofen and then Naproxen. After that they treated me as I was drug seeking! Be careful if the bc is progestin related it will only work so long. Trust me. In the meantime I hate theses self important asses who think they know more than they really do.

    • efoveks

      Falls under the category of Not The Doctor!!!!!111!!

  • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

    Some pharmacist at CVS pulled this crap AGES ago. I was waiting tables at the time and wondered how well it would go over if I, as a vegetarian (I wasn’t at that point) refused to serve meat to customers.

    • gene108

      I was thinking of an orthodox Hindu cook, at a steak house, who’d cook anything but the steak.

      I don’t see the Fundies having his back.

    • Calli Arcale

      There was a big fuss around here when a Somali lady working the cash register at Target refused to handle turkey bacon to ring it up. Which was a sort of double blunder on her part — she wasn’t taking advantage of the accommodations already provided — specifically, wear gloves or call another associate over to do it — and she didn’t realize that non-pork bacon does exist. IIRC, she was complaining because the manager moved her to a non-checkout role. Funnily enough, the fundies thought she was absolutely in the wrong and bashed her mercilessly in the media…..

  • Cogswell – in a mirror darkly

    These religious nuts are the reason we can’t have nice things.

  • efoveks

    That’s not only a HIPAA violation, but if this pharmacist is not fit ti do his job, he should be fired. (“Not fit to perform the duties required” if he chooses his beliefs, however sincere or religious, over performing his job makes him unfit. These are the consequences of a path HE chose for himself, no one else.) SAD!!!!

  • efoveks

    I cannot post a reply. Disqus error message says the site’s down for maintenance :(

    • Cogswell – in a mirror darkly

      But you just did…

      • efoveks

        A reply to someone else’s post, and that seems to be fixed now. :)

        • Cogswell – in a mirror darkly

          Sorry, I couldn’t help myself…

          :o)

  • gene108

    Why the fuck become a pharmacist, if a large part of what you have to do offends you?

    Fuck these guys

    • Lori

      Because they like being offended and having a chance to play hero for Jesus and because it gives them power over women.

      • lurch394

        And it makes more money than working behind the counter in the bait shop.

  • Duchess Gummybuns

    I had a doctor like that once. When the Gardasil vaccine came out, she said my daughter didn’t need it because it was for girls who sleep around. Keep in mind, cervical cancer runs in my family.

    Because of wankers like this, I just want to go out and do what they hate even more. I had a bunch of vaccines at Wal-Mart the other day just for the hell of it, didn’t even need them. I was all, “TAKE THAT ANTI-VAXXERS…OW!”

    Those tetanus shots hurt like a son of a bitch.

    • Calli Arcale

      MMR’s actually worse. I know — I’ve had it like four times, because the rubella portion never seemed to take for me.

  • snigsy

    Wanker pharmacists like this are the gym teachers of the health-care field. Frustrated bullies.

  • VikingAPRNCNP

    I have a coworker who has been trying to regulate her cycle since she was 13. Even then she would get looks of disapproval when her mother would take her to the pharmacy for contraception. She often bleeds for 3o days at a time. :(

    I have no patience for these shenanigans.

    • Calli Arcale

      I had a classmate in high school who took the Pill for exactly the same reason. When she was a freshman, she actually collapsed in the bathroom due to blood loss.

  • Zyxomma

    It is my sincerely held belief that this man should find another line of work. It is also my sincerely held belief that Walgreens should have a good talk with him, then fire his holy ass.

  • Stulexington

    So if I ever get around to creating the church of activism (making protest an act protected under all these stupid religious rights bills) I’m gonna add a tenant about not serving the cruel and abusive. That way the customer service industry can grind to a halt as people can refuse to serve rude customers under personal religious belief.

    • ThaagNasty

      (I love you but this is like a huge peeve of mine…it’s “tenet”)

      • Stulexington

        Fixed, thank you for being polite about it.

        • ThaagNasty

          No prob. You’re in good company, I’ve seen this vocab mistake in printed news.

  • DesertedPictures

    If your religion prevents you from giving out prescribed medicine, you should not become a pharmacist.

    ( He; I think we use heavy painkillers to early and often (leading to addiction in some cases) , but a pharmacist who agreed with me and refused to give prescribed painkillers should still be fired.)

    • James

      Disqus bounced me out (again).

      Most of the pharmacies in this area refuse to carry any birth control items at all, so they avoid the question. (You cannot make a business stock something its owners do not wish to sell.)

      • DesertedPictures

        But isn’t a pharmacy more than a simple business. It’s not a vegetable stand: they provide medicine! (It’s probably my European socialist upbringing coming trough: but yes; you should force them to stock birth control)

        And Disqus is the worst!

      • Tiny kaiju

        That seems a trifle unlikely unless you are located near a bunch of senior living communities. They just need to use condoms for their Golden Years STDs.

        • silly. He means those slut pills.
          And James is from one of the more fundy of all red areas so not really that unlikely

  • James

    From down below (way down below):

    OT: is it professional attire for a librarian to wear yoga pants?
    I personally say no because you definitely wouldn’t want to see some guy librarian in tights showing the outline of his junk and balls. same goes for the women, i don’t need to see the shape of your asses, your camel toes, or your panties lines.

    Lemme ask my wife the public library director. “Honey, is it professional attire for a librarian to wear yoga pants?”

    (Wife in her short skirt): Yes, and we’re allowed to show our knees at work too, since I make the rules.

    But you know, yoga pants?

    (Wife in her short skirt): Are they checking out my legs or a book?

    • Relativicus

      A lot of Christians believe that resisting sin and sinful thoughts is a matter of the rest of the world keeping its sinfulness out of their sight. The concept that resisting sin and sinful thoughts is actually their individual burdens to bear never quite registers, no matter how many Christmas and Easter masses they attend. That’s how you get “yoga pants are unprofessional.”

  • Ninja0980

    If I want a religious speech, I’ll go to a church.
    When I go to a pharmacy, I expect to get the subscription I asked for, period.
    If you can’t handle that, quit and find another job.

  • bluicebank

    There’s a simple way to solve this. Walgreens tells everyone in their employ that doing their job is part of the job. Then, the person with (Christian) religious objections to a task does the job, then asks Jesus for forgiveness.

    It is quite that simple. Or you can quit the job, knowing there’s a little gold star next to your name, somewhere in heaven. That and 50 cents will get you a cup of coffee on Earth.

    • pstockholm

      Wait, a cup of coffee for 50 cents on Earth? Tell me more about that planet.

      • bluicebank

        My place. Talk shit about Trump and it’s fresh ground for free.

        By my calculation, you can buy a 5-pound bag of Jamaican bean and sip the best 50-cent cup of Joe. For the top shelf stuff it’s 1.12 a cup.

        Regular ground bean from Costco gets you into 25-cent territory.

        • pstockholm

          Yeah I know. My place too.
          My calculation, 18 g for a double shot espresso, $17.20/500 g bag better quality roasted within last 3 weeks and delivered, works out at 62 cents. But that’s with Swedish VAT and delivery. My standard pretty good Italian beans for filter work out to half of that.
          Talk shit about Trump and all Republicans, and you get basically as many cups as you can handle.

          • lurch394

            Sign me up for a cup of Johann! (That’s how Gevalia was advertised in this country. It’s properly a cup of Josef, but we must reach the lowest common denominator here in Elvis Land.)

    • lurch394

      They could always demote him, assuming he has cashiering, stocking, and cleaning skills, and unlike him, I’m unwilling to make an ASS of U and ME.

  • Maree Martin

    Well sure, they had to file it under gender discrimination, because “being too stupid to live” is not illegal. Hell, it’s even encouraged as long as you live in the White House. But a pharmacist doesn’t know the non birth control uses of an IUD to regulate menstrual cycles? He should lose his license to practice as a pharmacist. I have been on birth control since I was 13 years old to regulate my periods. Being a lesbian, I have never had sex with a guy…oh wait, that would be a reason not to serve me too.

  • Macy’s Mom

    Is Walgreen’s a church or a pharmacy? And if this stupid pharmacist refused to fill a prescription he should be fired pronto.

  • rick

    Walgreens Pharmacist Too Holy To Do His Job

    #ByeFelica

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    • Marion in Savannah

      Your parents obviously thought you might turn out to be an intelligent individual, otherwise they wouldn’t have named you “Jas Mind,” Ms. Jones. Too bad they were so mistaken…

      • Skaarphy

        One of these days I’m gonna click on one of these fuckers. Drives me nuts not to know what happens if I do.
        (My guess is: Boom! There goes my computer …)

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    A pharmacist should have no “rights” in these cases. I am a patient myself. I am on a lot of prescription medications. It’s absolutely chilling for me to think that a pharmacist can undercut the orders of my own doctors for what he perceives as “moral issues”.

    Most, if not all medications have more than one use. I’m on two different blood pressure medications. I don’t have high blood pressure at all, but I do have legitimate night terrors. These two medications, working together, have made is possible for me to go for five years since my last episode of sleep paralysis. I have my doubts that the pill counter at the CVS where I fill my prescription knows that’s what I take them for and my doctor’s “intent” in prescribing them is none of his damned business anyway.

    I, too, have freedom of religion. I get to choose to not have some cultist crackpots twisted views on a man who allegedly got nailed to a piece of wood two thousand years ago tell me what pills I get to swallow. The “religious belief” excuse of discrimination is as old in this country as the very institution of slavery.

    This is an extreme statement, but I tend to make those on the regular. If people can’t do their jobs because off religious beliefs, then they should quit, find jobs where they can be shitty bigots and sexists without actually effecting anyone else. Maybe flip burgers or sell Amway door to door.

  • Relativicus

    “And lo, the Christ cast out the money-changers and anyone who was using of misoprostol…”

    John, G:FY

    • Augustus

      Oh, G:FY, I’m not familiar with those verses… King James version?

      • Lisa

        It’s the Trump bible.

        • lurch394

          Republican Jeebus.

      • Heyzeus Ahchay

        Yeah: 3 Corinthians, Larry, Moe, and Curly.

  • SeeTrain65

    “Your medical decisions should be between you, your doctor and the holier-than-thou pharmacist who think they know better than you.” (Edited by poster.)

    • Marion in Savannah

      Which makes me wonder… Has there been even one of these cases where the pharmacist was a woman? Inquiring minds, and all…

      • SeeTrain65

        Entirely plausible. There are plenty of Trump-loving evangelical women near me. Some might be pharmacists. I think I’ll edit the post above. (And this one, also too.)

        • Marion in Savannah

          No need at all to edit — I was just wondering if any women were that stupid/bigoted/Talibangelical.

  • nightmoth

    “And he just looks at me and says, ‘Oh, I have a pretty good idea.’ ”
    Oh, SNAP! Just fire Miss Thing and never let him work as a pharmacist again.

    • ResistanceFictionista blondeiq

      Repeat after me: It. Doesn’t. Fucking. Matter.
      Fill the script. Lather, rinse, repeat. Unless there’s a chance the prescription you’re filling is in some way dangerous (like you know the patient is allergic to penicillin ’cause she’s a regular customer), you don’t need to know shit about biology to count pills or hand over a boxed item.

    • gratuitous

      Sounds to me like he was trying to practice medicine; is the pharamacist a licensed medical doctor? I wonder if the state medical board, as well as the state pharmacy board might be interested in this?

    • lurch394

      I did some checking, and it turns out Miss Thing was filling in for the regular pharmacist at Coors and Montano NW in Albuquerque. He’s actually assigned to Espanola, a smaller New Mexico town outside of Santa Fe about which many jokes used to be told, at least until SF real estate got to costly and surrounding towns got gentrified. A sample:

      What do you call a double date in Espanola? A four-on-the-floor.

      Needless to say, it’s clear what gutter Miss Thing’s mind was in.

      • nightmoth

        Most excellent research, Lurch!!! Thank you. You’re a better journalist than most people earning their paychecks at it.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    How wrong would it have been if the conversation had gone like this?

    Parent: An IUD for my daughter, please.
    Pharmacist: {blinks} She’s a little young, don’t you think?
    Parent: Oh, it’s for menstrual stuff, not birth control.
    Pharmacist: Oh, okay. Of course, I would have had to give it to you either way, but I just wanted to check, ‘cuz I’m a nosy Parker.

    • ResistanceFictionista blondeiq

      How right would it be if the conversation was aborted (SWIDT?) thusly:
      Parent: An IUD for my daughter, please.
      Pharmacist: She’s a little young, don’t you think?
      Parent: How about you do your fucking job and mind your own fucking business?

  • JackLinks

    “If Christ were here there is one thing he would not be—a Christian.”
    ― Mark Twain, Notebook

  • JackLinks

    Why hasn’t the pharmacist name and the address of the pharmacy been made public? The pharmacist & the pharmacy have no expectations of privacy, they deal with the public 24/7!

  • ResistanceFictionista blondeiq

    Pro tip: people whose religious beliefs prohibit them from eating pork should not work in pork processing plants. People whose religious beliefs prohibit them from eating beef should not work in McDonalds. And so forth. Don’t come to work and lecture me why you can’t do the job you’re being paid to do because your religion forbids it, because I’ll tell you to go fuck yourself.

  • William

    IUD’s for 13 year olds? What’s next? Cake and pizza for homo’s? Well thank Jebus good Christian folks with a history of mental illness can still buy a rifle and smite abortion clinics. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5931aa947ca724fcf28001cc09fc47a313ecee0ce2b8d8f1d36d5726571d94c9.png

    • akita96th

      Ahh its the all new TRUMP TRINITY colledge of future incompetency in politics and Annal religion prophecy ..In this new school you get to create your own bible verses and have them put right there in the new testament ON the spot…Thats right folks ..Make em up as you need em….You can now create a bible verse for any subject that is applicable to your factless arguments against science,math, or any subject you find yourself incompetent to really understand……Now its worry free, Being a dumbass has never been easier …Be who you want to be… An overnight expert..YES!..No need for facts when you can create your own on the spot and have them published in real time ….yEAH BABY YoUR TIME HAS COME….LOL…Sign up for our new online school…Dont let incompetency be your enemy….Embrace it and join us….

    • Jay Silversmith
  • akita96th

    Tell me republicanism is not a crazy mental disease…..Walgreens should fire that incompetent asshole….And that is exactly what he is an asshole…..We got walgreens in every town in the USA, everyone should transfer to another pharmacy or go to walmart….Show these incompetent bastards by not spending your health dollars at their stores if they promote fukheads like this assclown working there. I dont think it was as much against his religion as it was him getting to play the big man card…To show his power…He is a fkTARD…he should go back to polishing shoes….or barber college. This dickface should never have any authority over anyone’s health. He is just your typical incompetent religious fruitcake getting his biblical jollies at the price of someone’s misery…Makes him feel so close to heaven….When in reality he is on his way to hell…

    • lurch394

      Probably, but we don’t know he’s a Republican. He could be one of those nutjobs who think the GOP isn’t nutty enough for his tastes.

  • pixeloid

    That Christofascist fuckstick needs to be sued, fired, and blacklisted. There should be NO special “accommodation” for fanatical idiots who refuse to do their jobs.

  • Lisa

    I hope he doesn’t fill Viagra prescriptions. Limp dick is God’s will. And probably a sign that the dude shouldn’t procreate.

  • Jay Silversmith

    “It’s funny how convenient God’s will is for certain arguments, but somehow man has to
    interfere with a woman’s right to choose or against others choice in who they prefer to love.”

    • cats530

      Yes, that’s what I call ‘gawd swill,’ alright.

    • Heyzeus Ahchay

      “Really, Mr. Pharmacyst: You won’t hand me my medicine because God is telling you not to? That’s odd, because I thought God was speaking to me right now and telling me to cut your dick off. How can God be speaking to both of us at the same time? No one can understand the power of God, you say, so it’s completely plausible that he was speaking to both of us at the same time? Good, I’m glad you’re OK with what he’s telling me to do.”

  • JackLinks

    That pharmacist is a perfect example of a ” home-grown christian terrorist!” The only difference between him and ISIS is that they worship different sky pilots!

  • Calli Arcale

    FWIW, the pharmacist probably wasn’t objecting because of the IUD, because he wouldn’t have known about the IUD. He probably assumed the girl was gonna have an abortion. Misopristol is used for that purpose as well. So what we have here is a pharmacist who not only assumes any female looking for misopristol must be seeking an abortion*, but who thinks it’s appropriate to force a 13-year-old to undergo pregnancy and childbirth, even though she’s not old enough to legally consent so therefore if she *was* pregnant, would by definition have been raped. And who didn’t care to find out what the truth was anyway, because hey, she could be lying, and can’t take that risk, amirite?

    So, it’s not just that he’s an asshole for denying birth control. This guys has *layers* and *layers* of asshole in him.

    *Guys, naturally, are only looking for ulcer treatment — good girls don’t get ulcers, or something, or at least should suffer them since we can’t trust them not be lying so they can murder an adorable little blastocyst.

    • cats530

      I would love to see another misstep by one of these god-botherers with this scenario: Woman who has had a hysterectomy goes into pharmacy to pick up Rx for misopristol for ulcers and is denied because male Bible-beating pharmacist ASSumes she’s going to use it for an abortion (which wouldn’t be his business anyway). Woman sues pharmacy and settles for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

  • Jeffery Campbell

    Dammit! Every man in any position of authority, or service, or medicine, or, frankly, anywhere and/or anytime that they may interact with women, however remotely or infrequently, ought to have to spend time first being “trained” by my mother, my aunt, and my maternal and paternal grandmothers, because I can guarantee you this shit would not be happening. And I know that you most of you Wonkeroos can, or have women in your lives who could, provide same.

    Of we just have Auntie Maxine show up in that pink fuzzy sweater and start slapping the crap out of these people.

  • Riggsveda

    Great work, Robyn! Thank you.

  • Kimmi Elizabeth

    Im a pharmacist – to think that any pharmacist would refuse to fill that med is insane!!! He is not representative of pharmacists in general!! We want whats best for the patient, and I personally would only object to filling something if it was dangerous to the patient.

  • george lastrapes

    So, could a Christian Scientist pharmacist refuse to fill any prescription at all, recommending prayer instead, and keep his/her job, becuzza freedom of religion, etc?

  • Somecallmetim

    This is precisely why I don’t read the bible. Same reason I’m not a pharmacist. Just too confusing.

  • Chuck

    Before Plan B was moved to the over the counter shelf , it was sold in the pharmacy without a prescription . This is so it wouldn’t be sold to those under 18. As a pharmacist, I had a mother tell me her 15 year old daughter had unprotected sex. I told her , I would give the medication to my daughter if that happened and didn’t need to know who she was buying it for. For every asshole pharmacist like those in the story , there are 20 that think more like me. By the way, the pharmacist did not follow company policy and pass the script off to another pharmacist as he should have. { I worked for Walgreens and knew the policy}

  • jinxyjinx

    As someone who lives in New Mexico, on behalf of my fellow citizens of New Mexico, I would like to formally apologize for that douche canoe of a troglodyte. I will never understand people who take a position at a job, knowing full well that that there are situations where they will refuse certain tasks of said position. That jackass of a pharmacist needs to learn that religious freedom DOES NOT give him the right to practice discrimination. I hope that when this goes to court (because it will!), he will be the one paying the majority of the monetary compensation to the victim of his discriminatory practices.

  • expipiplus1

    This jerk is licensed as a professional pharmacist. He should lose that license. Maybe not incidentally, the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy is having phone problems…

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