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Mariah Sublett

Sirek
Biology
March 31st, 2016
Pharmacies Providing Birth Control
Issues concerning the choice of a woman and her body such as birth control and abortion
are prevalent in today's society. The specific issues surrounding these topics relate to the
differing ethics and morals of people, specifically people who work in these fields and those who
have power and authority to control decisions. Birth control can be hard to get in some areas in
the world, for pharmacists sometimes tend to pick and choose who they decide to give the
prescription to. This relates to ethics, some pharmacists believe it is unethical to give, for
example, younger, teenage girls birth control, for they should not be engaging in sexual
intercourse and reproduction. It is important to realize that providing birth control is essential for
all woman who wish to take it, due to the fact that birth control prevents unwanted pregnancies
and can be beneficial in other ways like regulation of one's menstrual cycle.
There have been several instances across the United States where women have been
denied birth control at pharmacies. It has happened so often, for government officials have
started to notice and take action. "With a growing number of reports of pharmacists around the
country refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control and emergency contraception, Gov. Rod R.
Blagojevich on Friday filed a rule requiring Illinois pharmacies to accept and dispense all such
prescriptions promptly" (Davey). Pharmacists have the right to deny refilling these types of
prescriptions due to their religious beliefs. The Bill of Rights protects these rights, for it would

infringe with their freedom of religion if laws were put into place. "An appellate court recently
ruled that the state can’t enforce the rule against pharmacists who refuse to sell you birth control
or the morning after pill because of their religious beliefs" (Shelton). Due to the law being unable
to interfere with religion, no laws can force pharmacists to refill prescriptions. On the contrary,
religious beliefs should not interfere with a pharmacist's job to begin with. Their job is to
dispense medication to those who have a prescription. Morals should not be able to interfere with
this purpose. Many women who are on birth control chose this decision for the other benefits, not
just to protect against unwanted pregnancies. Birth control benefits and helps in the following
circumstances: regulation of periods, treatment for irregular, painful, and heavy periods,
treatment of endometriosis, treatment for PMS, treatment for acne and hair excess and loss, and
to lower the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer. The health benefits that come along with birth
control overrule religious beliefs. To conclude, birth control should be provided to all women
with no ethics involved in the decision.

Works Cited
Davey, Monica. "Illinois Pharmacies Ordered To Provide Birth Control." New York Times 2 Apr.
2005: A10. Science in Context. Web. 31 Mar. 2016.
Shelton, Deborah L. "Appeals Court Sides with Pharmacists in Emergency Contraceptives
Case." Chicago Tribune. N.p., 22 Sept. 2012. Web. 31 Mar. 2016.