The Washington Post has a troubling story about some Drug Stores increasingly imposing their beliefs on women.
I will be the first to defend a person's right to believe what they wish. But, and this is a very big "but", I draw the line when those beliefs run up against another's rights.
I advocate the utilitarian argument for rights, specifically: "The right to swing your arm ends where my nose begins."
Don't know who said it, but I think it spot on in this instance.
Let me give you an example from the legal profession: If I happen to be in the court room when the judge decides to appoint me to represent a murderer, I can't just refuse to take the case because I'm morally opposed to murder. I took an oath to uphold the law and to do that requires I insure all accused receive a fair trial.
Similarly, pharmacists who substitute their "beliefs" for the medical decisions of a doctor are violating their lawful duty. Likewise, when a pharmacist imposes their "beliefs" on a woman in need of medical help, then the pharmacist has violated their duty.
I suppose my point is this: If someone doesn't want to dispense drugs that they believe could result in an abortion or prevent a pregnancy, then perhaps they shouldn't be in the profession that is legally charged with dispensing those items in the first place.
Welcome to the stupidity of right wing ideology folks.