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Actually, the unethical action for a pharmacist is refusing to fill a legitimate, legal prescription for personal religious reasons. There is nothing remotely unethical about filling any legitimate prescription.

No one has the right to impose his own religious beliefs on anyone else's health. If a person knows he will not fill a prescription for Drug X because he thinks Drug X is immoral according to the tenets of his religion, then he needs to find another career. He is not fit to be a pharmacist.

Now look, I remember being forced to go to a pre-marriage retreat where some proponent of natural family planning explained that using birth control pills caused "mini-abortions" after eggs were implanted and I rolled my eyes an giggled with the best of them. I think the science was pretty solid that the pill impedes ovulation & implantation in the very unlikely even ovulation occurs. Suffice it to say that I'm not one of those.

However, the question is who is imposing their beliefs on who? I don't expect a priest to give rides to abortion clinics. I don't expect to force lawyers to assist in some act that is technically legal but wrong, unfair, against the spirit of the law. I don't expect doctors to be forced to assist suicides when they think it's morally objectionable.

Why should I force a pharmacist to do something he thinks is wrong? Aren't you just imposing religious (technically the lack of them) beliefs on him? And if his ethical objections arise out of something other than religion? Then is it OK?

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