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Democratic lawmakers: Getting birth control should be as easy as “ABC”
salon ^ | 1-14 | Katie Mcdonough

Posted on 02/15/2013 7:19:34 PM PST by ExxonPatrolUs

While the White House and the Catholic Church continue to slug it out over whether private, for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby should have to provide their employees with federally mandated birth control, two Democratic lawmakers are hoping to ease one roadblock to women’s access to contraception: Pharmacists.

In an effort to standardize pharmacies’ procedures for filling prescriptions for birth control, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) have reintroduced the “Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act.” It’s the same bill the politicians tried to get through previous legislative sessions, but these two are clearly Charlie-Brown-and-the-football types, and are optimistically giving it another shot.

“This legislation would prevent a pharmacy from interfering in the personal medical decisions made by a patient and her doctor,” Lautenberg said in a press release. “Birth control is basic health care for women, and Obamacare has removed financial hurdles for millions of women; we can’t allow other obstacles to be placed in their way. By guaranteeing that women can access birth control at every pharmacy in the country, we can ensure that women are never denied the right to make responsible decisions about their reproductive health.”

Here’s how it works, according to Lautenberg (emphasis mine):

The Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act strikes a balance between the rights of individual pharmacists who might have personal objections to contraception and the rights of women to receive their medication. The bill protects the right of individual pharmacists to refuse to fill a prescription, but also ensures that pharmacies will fill all prescriptions, even if a different pharmacist has to do it. In addition, if the requested product is not in stock, but the pharmacy stocks other forms of contraception, the bill mandates that the pharmacy help the woman obtain the medication without delay by the method of her preference: order, referral, or a transferred prescription.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: 113th; agenda; conscienceclause; newjersey; newyork; promiscuity

1 posted on 02/15/2013 7:19:40 PM PST by ExxonPatrolUs
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Anything But Children?


2 posted on 02/15/2013 7:21:49 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

stopping out-of-control spending socialists should be as easy as a,b,c....


3 posted on 02/15/2013 7:25:11 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs; Morgana

isn’t it alreadt easy as $9 a month at Wal-Mart?


4 posted on 02/15/2013 7:25:17 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

I think the Democrats want it delivered bedside....just before...uh...you know...


5 posted on 02/15/2013 7:31:19 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Access is easy now. You can buy condoms or whatever in lots of stores. They just want someone else to pay for it


6 posted on 02/15/2013 7:32:53 PM PST by plain talk
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

It is.

A Box of Condoms
A B C


7 posted on 02/15/2013 7:32:58 PM PST by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: cripplecreek

good one

ABC was a great song by the Jackson 5, long before Michael got all bizarre and Tito started wearing hats with his name on them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOXG8wtxx_w


8 posted on 02/15/2013 7:43:49 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
This legislation would prevent a pharmacy from interfering in the personal medical decisions made by a patient and her doctor

Oh please! Obamacare is all about interference between patient and doctor. This woman they purport to be so concerned about can no longer choose what benefits are in her policy. Or how much she pays for it. Or where she obtains it. She's not free from ipab decisions when she's older. Or from federal bureaucrats arbitrarily deciding her treatment options based on comparative effectiveness research and/or any other whim that catches their fancy. And we're supposed to believe that pharmacies are a problem? No person who understands Obamacare can rationally make that argument!

By guaranteeing that women can access birth control at every pharmacy in the country...

...we force Catholic hospitals and clinics to dispense morning after, week after, and other pregnancy terminating drugs in violation of their conscience.

Birth control is widely available. So are abortifacients. This is about forcing Catholics and others who are prolife to violate their conscience or get out of health care. First it'll be forced dispensing of scripts. Later it'll be forced performance of abortions even on preborn children who are able to survive out of the womb.

Is the bloodlust of the culture of death ever satisfied?

9 posted on 02/15/2013 10:11:29 PM PST by PeevedPatriot
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
All of this could be avoided by simply making the birth control pill available OTC, as Bobby Jindal and others have sensibly suggested.

No pharmacist, no employer need violate their conscience when it is the user's decision alone.

10 posted on 02/16/2013 5:49:55 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
Just go to the corner store. Birth control as you pay for it.


11 posted on 02/16/2013 12:05:14 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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