But if the reality is that a Minnesota measure is not "about ideology in any way," perhaps we can look forward to a day when every patient population is subject to the same scrutiny as women of reproductive age.
For instance, no longer would pharmacists be limited to keeping single moms waiting for their birth control packs. They could also pull the plug on divorced men who couldn't possibly suffer from erectile dysfunction that many times a month.
It wouldn't be just sexual assault victims in need of morning-after pills who could endure the scorn of pharmacists who believe life begins at fertilization. Adult-onset diabetics in need of insulin could endure the scorn of pharmacists who think they brought the disease on themselves.
It wouldn't be just college girls who would have to wait to fill a prescription for emergency contraception; perhaps their male partners could endure the humiliation of having their penicillin scrips handed over to someone who doesn't mind dealing with people who have sexually transmitted diseases.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Wait-List the Penicillin