Letters to the Editor

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Tag: plan b

May
7th

PLAN B: Many parents fail to face today’s realities

Kathleen Parker’s inner debate (column, 5-7)  about the role of government vs. parents in the Plan B emergency contraceptive controversy ignores certain realities.

Reality: Many parents refuse to accept that half of 17-year-olds are sexually active.

Reality: Girls are reaching puberty younger and younger, some as early as 9.

Reality: Vaccinations for 11- and 12-year-olds prevent certain cancer-causing STDs.

Reality: The most influential person in the development of a girl’s self-esteem is her dad, yet many fathers are clueless how to communicate with daughters.

Reality: Often parents turn over responsibility for sex education to the schools. At best, this

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March
22nd

PLAN B: Why sell it behind the counter?

Our state is appealing the federal court ruling that pharmacists are not required to dispense Plan B (TNT, 3-22).

The ruling pointed out that we allow pharmacies to employ discretion when they refuse to stock medications such as Oxycodone, for fear of inciting more robberies. Therefore, to force a pharmacy to stock/ dispense a drug that violates the pharmacist’s religious beliefs is a form of discrimination. I agree.

If the ruling is reversed, where do we stop? Does a pharmacy closed on the Sabbath or a religious holiday block my access to a drug? Must all pharmacies stay open

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March
19th

RELIGION: Liberty under assault by the left

The U.S. Constitution provides for the “free exercise” of religion, but the current administrations at both the federal and state levels intentionally pursue actions that ignore the constitutional rights of those who want to freely exercise their religious rights.

On the federal level, the Obama administration tried to force a Christian school to rehire a teacher who was allegedly fired in violation of federal law. But the U.S.Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, chastised the government and agreed with the school that the First Amendment precludes government involvement in employment relationships between a religious institution and its ministers.

Also, the

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March
7th

BIRTH CONTROL: Who should pay for private activity?

I don’t understand why insurance companies and employers are being saddled with the responsibility of providing free contraceptives where there is an objections to doing so as a matter of conscience. I see no legitimate reason to single them out to support a private activity, especially where there is a religious objection to doing so. The same goes for drugstores being forced to sell morning-after pills.

There is a simple solution to this dilemma which overcomes any legitimate religious objection to the supporting of sin. Instead of singling out businesses where it is likely that a religious objections might be

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Feb.
29th

PLAN B: Prompt access is vital for effectiveness

I believe the ability to control your own fertility is a fundamental right. The decision to take the Plan B pill falls within this right.

Plan B is a form of emergency contraception that has proven to be safe and effective. However, the effectiveness of the pill drastically declines if a woman does not have prompt access to it. Limiting the distribution of Plan B in pharmacies trumps patients’ rights and increases the risk of unintended pregnancy.

How can legislators and pharmacists who are staunchly anti-choice eliminate access to a pill that reduces the need for abortion? Anti-choice hardliners and

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Feb.
28th

PLAN B: Thank extremists from the past

Re: “Don’t give in to extremists” (letter, 2-21).

To call a pharmacist a religious extremist for objecting to life-ending procedures is like calling the people who objected to slavery extremists. The people in Germany who objected to Hitler’s final solution were the extremists of their day. A holocaust is still a holocaust to the innocent victims, even if it is socially acceptable.

Feb.
28th

PLAN B: A simple solution

Sometimes the simplest answer to a problem is also the correct one. Washington licenses pharmacists to operate here. If your beliefs do not allow you to fulfill the duties of a pharmacist, no license can be issued.

The result is no government sanction of religion and no violation of a pharmacist’s oath and duties. Or you could move to a state that mixes religion and government for its citizens. We should not allow that in Washington.

Feb.
24th

PLAN B: Objectors should have to post a notice to that effect

Our laws should allow pharmacies to follow their own conscience if, and only if, they are willing to make that conscience known to all. If they don’t want to dispense Plan B medications, they should be required to post a readily recognized notice of such policy at all entryways. The public is then free to decide whether or not they want to patronize that place of business, either to show support or disagreement with such policy.

In small towns that perhaps have only one pharmacy, a couple contemplating a sexual encounter might be well advised to know the policy of

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