I have a friend who needs to have a test done tomorrow. Her doctor wrote a prescription that she is supposed to take before the test. Because the medication is also taken the night before an abortion, the doctor wrote on the prescription “to be taken the night before XYZ exam.” The doctor explained that she did that because sometimes “the pharmacists will give you a hard time otherwise.”
Are you fucking kidding me?
I think abortion is a complex issue. I think a robust public discussion about it is helpful. Furthermore, I think exploration of very abstract questions like, “Does life begin at a particular point or is it something that happens gradually over the course of months?” can actual help those making these very difficult decisions in some cases.
But, the nerve, the gall of harassing a complete stranger, with no knowledge of what that person is going through, what considerations that person has made–it makes me shudder. (Oh, and from a policy perspective, I think a pharmacist should lose his or license for such behavior.)