State legislators are debating a proposal to protect the conscience rights of the owners of Missouri pharmacies. The bill would ensure that pharmacies are not required to provide abortifacient drugs or "emergency contraception" against the moral objections
of the owners of those pharmacies.
The issue of conscience protection for pharmaceutical businesses came to a head in recent years due to the high-handed actions of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The Governor had
implemented an administrative rule in 2005 that ordered all pharmacies to dispense any FDA-approved contraceptive. It furthermore mandated that pharmacies stock any contraceptives requested by any customer.
Blagojevich's order was designed to force pharmacies to stock and sell Plan B, more commonly referred to as the "morning-after pill." Plan B has been marketed as "emergency
contraception" for women who are sexually active but are not on a regular regimen of "birth control" pills.
However, Plan B not only works to delay or inhibit ovulation, but it breaks down the endometrial lining of the uterus, inhibiting implantation of a fertilized egg. The drug is intended to create a hostile environment for a newly conceived human life, and destroy the fertilized egg as gestation and nidation begins. The fact is that Plan B has both contraceptive and abortifacient qualities. A serious side effect of Plan B is the increased risk of ectopic pregnancy.
The Missouri pharmacy protection legislaton, House Bill 226, has been introduced by Representative Ed Emery
of Lamar. The bill would also ensure that pharmacies are not compelled to stock or sell RU486 or similar drugs. RU486 has been marketed as a non-surgical, "do-it-yourself" abortion method. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved dispensing of the drug in 2000. It is unconscionable that the FDA would approve a lethal drug whose sole purpose is to kill unborn children. It demonstrates that the agency has long since abandoned its mission of protecting the public health, and is instead captive to pharmaceutical manufacturers and the abortion industry.
The RU486 process involves two drugs at work. The fist one, mifepristone, blocks the action of progesterone, the natural hormone that sustains the nutrient lining of the uterus. The developing baby starves as the uterine lining disintegrates. The
second drug, misoprostol, causes cramping and contractions, and works to expel the dead baby from the mothers' womb.
Most women abort during a waiting period at an abortion clinic, but many expel the unborn child at home or at work as late as 5 days later. The woman has to return to the abortion clinic a third time to ensure that no remnants of the unborn child are remaining in the uterus. At least 13 women have died as a result of using RU486. The FDA was forced to revise the warning on the label which now states that "serious and sometimes fatal infections and bleeding" can occur.
No government should be dictating to a small business owner what items they are going to buy and sell in their business. Pharmacy owners should be able to decide what drugs are of therapeutic benefit to their customers. They should not be forced, in police-state fashion, to sell drugs that
have no therapeutic benefit, and in fact, are designed to destroy human life.
The legislation offered by Representative Emery would protect pharmacy owners from lawsuits for refusing to dispense abortifacient drugs. It also would prohibit the state from taking disciplinary actions against the license of any pharmacy for failing to dispense or refer for abortion-inducing drugs or contraception.
The bill would negate legislation being pushed by Planned Parenthood called by its promoters "The Prevention First Act." It would require pharmacists to provide any and all FDA-approved drugs or "emergency contraception", or refer customers to a place where they can obtain them.
Please pray that our legislators will give favorable consideration to this bill so that conscientious pharmacy owners will be able to continue to help, and not harm the people they are licensed to serve.