Missouri bill would let pharmacies refuse 'Plan B' sales

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | 5:56 p.m. CDT; updated 6:48 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 28, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has endorsed a measure specifically allowing pharmacies to decide whether to stock the "morning-after" emergency contraceptive or abortion pills.

The House voted 115-43 on Tuesday to amend the provisions to professional licensing legislation that already cleared the Senate. But the House quit for the day before taking a vote on the overall bill.

Missouri's pharmacy licensing laws currently don't address whether pharmacies must carry emergency contraceptives or abortion drugs.

Rep. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, said his amendment would add protection for pharmacy owners who object to stocking the drugs.

Emery's measure would bar lawsuits or prosecutions against pharmacies that refuse to provide the abortion drug known as RU-486 or the emergency contraception sold as Plan B. Pharmacies would not need to advise people how to get the medications.

RU-486 causes a medical abortion, while the morning-after pill is essentially a superdose of standard birth control taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

Emery likened requiring pharmacies to carry contraception medications to a hypothetical state mandate on the types of cases a law firm must accept.

Other Republican supporters said lawmakers shouldn't be involved in telling private businesses what they must sell.

"I just have trouble understanding why anybody who is an American, who is not in favor of communism, would want us to dictate what we're going to say people can and cannot stock," said Rep. Cynthia Davis, R-O'Fallon.

Some Democrats argued that Emery's amendment could make it harder for women — particularly those living in rural areas — to get access to emergency contraception.

Rep. Beth Low, D-Kansas City, said restricting access to emergency contraception could increase the number of abortions.

Missouri lawmakers have debated possible regulations of contraception for the past several years.


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Brooks Rickard May 3, 2009 | 3:29 p.m.

The thing that legislators are missing, and the Missourians is... where does this stop? Next the religious nuts will not be stocking birth control pills, aids medicine etc. I am sure they can find reasons to impose their religion on their community. What if your son or your daughter needs something they are against, because of moral beliefs.

This is not about small business owners being told what to sell. The whole point is they are under license as a pharmacist to dispense medicine. Not judge, be a moral nut. In the law it says they need to be of good moral character. People of good moral character do not impose their beliefs on others. Because they are no longer in good moral standing, I think their license should be revoked.

In fact just belief in any higher power or god, should be taken as a sign of sheer stupidity, and no license should have ever been issued. All intelligent people do not believe in fairy tales or the bible. These are articles I wrote showing how fake religion is. Check these out, if you have in issues in believing in fairy tales.

Lastly I am totally disappointed that the news papers in Missouri, and yes the Missourian for not bashing Rep. Ed Emery, R-Lamar. It is the newspapers job/mandate to show the stupidity in your government. You let your public down.

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Mark Foecking May 3, 2009 | 3:55 p.m.

What's "good moral character"? That varies all over the place depending on what part of the world you're in. Do you think we'd be having this discussion in Saudi Arabia or Iran? They'd simply take the poor, knocked up woman out to the town square and stone her to death.

It is the people's mandate to decide on the "stupidity of their government", not the paper's. The paper merely needs to report the facts, so the people can do their job.


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Brooks Rickard May 3, 2009 | 4:05 p.m.

Yes people can decide to be stupid. A newspaper should show why, how they are being stupid.

There is a total lack of good, morals and character in the middle east. That by no means excusing the stupidity here in the state of Missouri. They show lack of all of the above. Did the Taliban move in and take over the state? I am just curious.

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Mark Foecking May 3, 2009 | 4:22 p.m.

No, a newspaper simply must deliver facts, so people can make up their own minds. That's how our democracy (well, republic) is supposed to work, by the voting of the informed populace.

Why do you want a newspaper to do your thinking, and judgement, for you? Wouldn't you rather think for yourself?


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Ricky Gurley May 3, 2009 | 4:44 p.m.

Mark is right.

It is not the Newspaper's job or role to MAKE the news, it's job and role is to REPORT the news.

This is why I have such a problem with Dateline NBC and their "To Catch A Predator" series. And I REALLY hope some of the lawsuits filed against them; "breaks them"...


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Brooks Rickard May 3, 2009 | 4:49 p.m.

That fact is they did not deliver the facts if this passed. I do not want a paper to think for me. I want a paper to deliver the facts. They dropped the ball.

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Anton Berkovich May 3, 2009 | 5:00 p.m.

"There is a total lack of good, morals and character in the middle east. That by no means excusing the stupidity here in the state of Missouri. They show lack of all of the above. Did the Taliban move in and take over the state? I am just curious."

I think you just revealed your own stupidity.

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Brooks Rickard May 3, 2009 | 5:04 p.m.

They let a religious majority get away with faith based crap. Faith based on ancient writings that were clearly made up, stolen and plagiarized from other more ancient religions. This is very similar to the Taliban being in charge with their version of Sharia Law. While Sharia Law is not in fact a fair set of laws by any means. The Taliban version is 100x worse. It is about time Missouri joins the 21st Century.

The people of Missouri should be totally ashamed.

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Brooks Rickard May 3, 2009 | 5:07 p.m.

Maybe Missourians need to take an intelligence test to get the privilege to vote. Belief in a make believe Invisible Sky Daddy is an automatic failure of the test.

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Ellis Smith May 3, 2009 | 6:13 p.m.

An intelligence test to qualify as a voter? Aren't the turnouts for some elections low as it is? Do we want to reduce the authorized voter pool to nearly Zero?

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Brooks Rickard May 3, 2009 | 8:20 p.m.

Well if turn out becomes zero. Place me as deciding vote. I am will to think for the state if none are qualified. :-D

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Anton Berkovich May 3, 2009 | 8:36 p.m.

"Place me as deciding vote. I am will to think for the state if none are qualified."

Can it be a spelling and grammar test to vote? Please?

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Brooks Rickard May 3, 2009 | 8:49 p.m.

Yes I saw that. lol It is a shame I can not go back to correct that. I am playing poker on three tables, and returning emails, and answering comments on my blog at pretty close to the same time. I think I qualify :)

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