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Indiana Bill Could Allow Pharmacists to Refuse to Dispense Birth Control

A bill passed by the Indiana Senate Health Committee could allow pharmacists to refuse to dispense emergency birth control (Plan B) and other contractive pills. Although Senator Jeff Drozda (R-Sheridan) told the committee that the bill would give pharmacists the right to refuse to assist with an abortion and was not intended to affect the dispensing of contraception, he later acknowledged that a pharmacist could interpret the bill to cover birth control pills, reported the Courier-Journal.

Representatives of Indiana Planned Parenthood have said they believe that the bill could allow pharmacists to refuse prescriptions for “all hormonal contraceptives” reported Medical News Today “This bill puts a pharmacist’s individual beliefs above a patient’s needs,” said Amy Jacobson, of Indiana Planned Parenthood.

Sources:

Louisville Courier Journal 1/10/08; Medical News Today.com; 1/15/08