A profiteer in the British abortion industry has erupted in fury after a worker at a pharmacy exercised her legal right and declined to hand out the “morning-after” pill, which can cause abortion.
The furor was documented by the Christian Institute, whose earlier legal work resulted in guidance from the General Pharmaceutical Council that concedes people of faith have a legal right to decline to dispense medications that violate their faith.
The Institute headlined its announcement about the issue, “Abortion giant tears into conscience protections for pharmacists,” and identified the British Pregnancy Advisory Service as the group that treated the case as if it would “threaten women’s health.”
The report said it was a woman who wanted the drug at a Brighton store, and told the Metro newspaper not being given it immediately was not acceptable to her.
Lloyds Pharmacy said the pharmacist was filling in, and was not a full-time worker.
But the company said it was following “GPhC guidelines which allow pharmacists to refuse to dispense medication that goes against their personal beliefs if there is adequate alternative care available for the patient.”
“It’s impossible to overstate how significant this kind of refusal is,” BPAS lashed out. “It threatens women’s health.”
The company said women no longer would rely on pharmacists for its drugs and they should be available off the shelf.
A draft guidance from GPhC originally would have forced Christians to dispense such drugs but the Institute expressed in 2017 that the nation’s freedom of conscience is protectedby law and so GPhC had to allow accommodations.
Reports in the U.K. noted that an online petition had been launched to demand the government force Christians to violate their faith.
According to the Metro, Domeneque Kristina Di Ciacca, 29, started the petition after becoming “angry” at the situation.
The General Pharmaceutical Council’s guidelines states that pharmacy professionals’ religion, personal values or beliefs may influence their “day-to-day practice, particularly whether they feel able to provide certain services.”