Pharmacist Refuses to Fill Prescription for Emergency Contraception
A pharmacist in Denton, Texas drew protestors for refusing to fill a prescription for emergency contraception for a victim of rape. The Eckerd pharmacist claimed it would violate his moral beliefs to fill the prescription, according to Reuters. Eckerd Corp. reportedly disciplined the pharmacist. "A pharmacist is obliged to fill a prescription if it is a valid, legal prescription," said Eckerd spokeswoman Joan Gallagher, according to Reuters. "We do not make exceptions for any moral, religious, or ethical concerns with regard to filling the prescription."
The rape victim was eventually able to get her prescription filled across the street at a Walgreens, but the incident sparked protests outside the Eckerd store. "After being raped and assaulted, to come into a pharmacy to get a prescription that is stocked there - an FDA-approved drug - and to be shut down, that's a second assault," protestor Stephanie Besier told WFAA-TV.
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .