Well, I already don't shop at Wal-Mart (unless I absolutely have to) because of their business practices. I've managed just fine, thank you, except for a couple things that I've only been able to find there, in shopping at Target & Meijer instead. Now, thanks to an article that filkertom
posted, I can't shop at Target, either. Target digs itself a deeper hole in emergency contraceptive scandal
To summarize, Target is backing their pharmacists who refuse to dispense prescriptions for Plan B emergency contraceptive pills. They mentioned at some point that this is due to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but legalistas have shown that is an invalid interpretation of the CRA.
I don't mind that the American Pharmacists Association has a policy to allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions on moral grounds as long as it doesn't restrict the patient from receiving treatment
. A position statement
I read on the APhA website points out that this is no different than allowing doctors or nurses to refuse to participate in treatment they find morally objectionable, and I would have to agree. But too many of these pharmacists become "holier-than-thou" and use this policy to completely refuse any type of birth control. And when you're talking about emergency contraception, time is of the essence.
I don't know at what point these people decided that being free to *express* their beliefs translated over into being free to *impose* their beliefs. It's happening all over, and it's PISSING ME OFF.
Yeah, I don't like neo-nazis/white supremacists/whatever either, but I'm not going to tell them they can't believe what they want to believe. They have as much right to be stupid as anyone else. And yes, I'll fight for their right to express their beliefs, too. These moralistic hypocrites have every right to their beliefs...just like I'm free to believe in gods & godesses, or Buddha, or nothing at all as I see fit.
Anyway, I don't know where's going to be next...the next boycott, the next hypocrite, the next idiot. But it sucks, because boycotts and letters are the only way to get through to these people. :p