In Good Conscience

CAN PHARMACISTS DECLINE TO FILL SOME PRESCRIPTIONS?

In the aftermath of Roe v. Wade came statutes allowing health-care providers to refuse to provide procedures, such as abortion or sterilization, to which they objected on moral or religious grounds. Today such “conscience clauses” exist in forty-five states, and potentially affect not merely abortion and other aspects of reproductive medicine, but end-of-life care, stem-cell-related technologies, and a host of other issues. Gradually the...

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