Sunday, July 31, 2005

Hear Me Roar

In that movie Parenthood, Keanu Reeves' character gets to say something really profound, like (I'm totally paraphrasing this) "You know they make people take a test to get a driver's license, but they let anybody become a parent."

With that in mind, here's my political preaching for the day:

On July 25, a U.S. House of Representatives committee held a hearing on whether pharmacies should be allowed to refuse to fill women’s prescriptions. Anti-choice Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told a witness, who had been denied birth control and emergency contraception by her pharmacist, that she had no “right” to her prescriptions - she only believed she did. Anti-choice Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) told a witness whose prescription had also been rejected by a hostile pharmacist, that her “minor inconvenience” – that is, risking an unintended pregnancy – was nothing compared to the “conscience” of a pharmacist.

As many as 20 states officially protect pharmacists like Karen Brauer, president of Pharmacists for Life, who says she’d lecture women customers to get off the pill. Other states are pursuing an even more aggressive strategy. Just last month Wisconsin passed a bill to block state universities from filling birth control prescriptions.

Please tell your Member of Congress that you expect him or her to stand up for women's access to birth control - not right-wing pharmacies that oppose birth control.

Just click on this link to learn more and take action.