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  • Pharmacists Required to Sell Abortion-Inducing Drugs Appeal to Supreme Court

    01/05/2016 1:04:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/05/2016 | Michael Gryboski
    A group of pharmacists appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt to receive religious liberty protection from a Washington state law mandating that they sell drugs that could cause an abortion. Ralph's Thriftway, Rhonda Mesler, and Margo Thelen have argued in a writ of certiorari filed Monday that a Washington law removing conscience protections for pharmacists violates their religious freedom. "Governments may not pass laws that target religious conduct for negative treatment while exempting the same conduct when done for nonreligious reasons," reads the writ of certiorari. "When a pharmacy chooses not to sell a drug, it is...
  • Why Black Women Still Have Not Recovered From the Recession

    07/01/2015 11:33:18 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    National Journal ^ | 7-1-2015 | J. WESTON PHIPPEN
    For Black women, education makes the least difference in earning potential, among other factors. Angie Stackhouse worked as a pharmacist, a loan officer, as a volunteer at homeless organizations and mostly as an electrician in Maryland, making $12.50 an hour. She's worked since she was 14. When the recession took her career seven years ago, she knew she'd find another one. Except, the only work available paid minimum wage. At 47-years-old, in 2010, Stackhouse enrolled in school to reinvent herself. "I'll definitely get a job," she recalls thinking, "because I'll have a degree." That was around the time President Obama...
  • MI: Pharmacist Fired for Self Defense Loses Appeal

    09/24/2014 6:34:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jeremy Hoven is a pharmacist who worked at Walgreens in Benton Township, Michigan.   He had complained about security at the store after a robbery in 2007, and had obtained a concealed carry permit.   In 2011, at 4:30 a.m. on May 8th, he defended himself against armed robbers who had entered the store, taken a manager hostage, and who had tried to shoot him.   It was all captured on a dramatic video.   Link to Video  Halfway down article A local police Lt. said that he would have done the same thing.  From Township police Lt. Delman Lange, after...
  • Pharmacist's Intuition Saves Customer's Life

    05/10/2014 4:58:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, May 9, 2014 | Matt Rascon
    The supermarket pharmacist grew concerned when a customer hadn't picked up his prescriptionPharmacy employee John Robertson is being hailed as a hero after saving a customer's life. When a customer failed to pick up his prescription, Robertson got worried and, with the help of deputies, went to check on the man at his home. Turns out, the man was injured and had been lying on his bathroom floor for up to two days. NBC 7's Matt Rascon reports. A Ramona senior citizen who spent up to two days on his bathroom floor is alive thanks to one astute pharmacist. Just...
  • Pharmacist fired for refusing to dispense ‘morning-after’ pill sues for religious discrimination

    02/13/2014 11:58:53 AM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    NASHVILLE, TN, February 13, 2013 ( – A Tennessee pharmacist who was fired for refusing to dispense the so-called “morning-after pill,” Plan B, has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging religious discrimination by his former employers. Dr. Philip Hall was fired in September after six years of employment with the Walgreens chain of drugstores. During those six years, Hall says he had received nothing but positive reviews from his employers, despite the fact that his Baptist beliefs prevented him from dispensing abortifacient drugs like Plan B. Because federal and state laws and Walgreens corporate policy all make allowance for...
  • AR:Suspected Armed Robber Shot and Killed by Pharmacist

    10/21/2013 5:54:18 PM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies ^ | 18 October, 2013 | NA
    The pharmacist initially retreated, but when he could retreat no longer, he pulled his own concealed weapon and shot and killed the masked gunman. Police say the pharmacist is a concealed-carry permit holder.
  • O.C. Woman Sentenced to 5 Years for Sending Funds to Terrorists

    03/30/2013 12:40:10 AM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies
    LOS ANGELES TIMES ^ | March 29, 2013, 1:46 p.m. | by Victoria Kim
    Snippet: "An Orange County pharmacist who admitted to wiring $2,050 to Pakistan to be used to fund terrorist activities was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison."
  • Fired for pulling gun on robbers, pharmacist sues

    09/13/2011 6:41:56 AM PDT · by DFG · 22 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 09/12/11 | Scott Stump
    After the hair-raising confrontation that was captured on surveillance video, Jeremy Hovan’s employer rewarded him with a pink slip. Now, Hovan is fighting back, filing a federal lawsuit against Walgreens for wrongful termination. “No life was lost, no life was harmed, and nothing was stolen,’’ Hovan’s lawyer, Dan Swanson, told NBC News. “So in that context, I think he was a hero. He was exercising his reasonable right of self-defense in the face of a gunman who attempted to pull a trigger three times and shoot him. Presumably, shoot him dead.’’
  • Self-defense or murder? Pharmacist who shot 16-year-old trying to rob his shop gets life sentence

    05/30/2011 9:20:04 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 106 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 30, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    (VIDEO AT LINK) A controversial decision to send a pharmacist to jail for life for shooting dead a young man who tried to rob his store has caused a storm of protest. Jerome Ersland was given a life sentence for the first-degree murder of 16-year-old Antwun Parker at an Oklahoma court last week. The 59-year-old pharmacist shot the youngster six times during an attempted armed robbery in 2009, leading jurors to decide he had acted beyond the limits of self defence. Thousands in the area have, however, reacted furiously to the decision, insisting Mr Ersland had simply acted to protect...
  • Oklahoma City pharmacist found guilty of murder

    05/27/2011 6:58:25 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 111 replies
    An emotional jury Thursday decided pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland was guilty of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a masked robber two years ago inside an Oklahoma City drugstore. Jurors chose life in prison as punishment.
  • Oklahomans Outraged Over Ersland Conviction

    05/27/2011 6:21:20 PM PDT · by MizSterious · 89 replies ^ | May 27, 2011 | N/A
    Oklahomans Outraged Over Ersland Conviction Residents Ask Gov. Mary Fallin To Pardon Jerome Ersland POSTED: 5:51 pm CDT May 27, 2011 UPDATED: 6:07 pm CDT May 27, 2011 OKLAHOMA CITY -- Some Oklahomans are outraged over the conviction of pharmacist Jerome Ersland, and they are turning to social media to voice their opinions. A jury found Ersland guilty of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Antwun Parker, sparking a backlash of citizens outraged with the verdict. Dozens of calls have been made to Gov. Mary Fallin's office along with messages posted on the governor's Facebook wall, asking...
  • Feds: Sudbury man planned terror attacks on malls

    10/21/2009 1:58:09 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 51 replies · 2,831+ views
    My Fox Boston ^ | 10/21/09 | Mike Levine
    BOSTON - A pharmacy college graduate conspired with two other men on a terror plot to kill two prominent U.S. politicians and carry out a holy war by attacking shoppers in U.S. malls and American troops in Iraq, prosecutors said Wednesday. But their plans — in which the men used code words like "peanut butter and jelly" for fighting in Somalia and "culinary school" for terrorist camps — were thwarted in part when they could not find training and were unable to buy automatic weapons, authorities said. Tarek Mehanna worked with the men from 2001 to May 2008 on the...
  • Pharmacist Accused of Killing Robber Makes Bail, Can't Carry Guns

    05/29/2009 9:49:37 AM PDT · by Mind Freed · 203 replies · 2,557+ views
    OKLAHOMA CITY — A pharmacist accused of pumping six bullets into a teenager during a robbery attempt was released on bail Thursday in a case that is stoking debate about self-defense rights. Jerome Ersland, 57, was released from Oklahoma County Jail on $100,000 bond. A condition of his release is that he have no access to guns.
  • Orlando mom forgives pharmacist who shot her son

    04/25/2009 8:14:31 AM PDT · by inflorida · 62 replies · 2,060+ views
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 04/25/2009 | Willoughby Mariano
    Her son lay dead in his casket. Marija Vukomanovic held fast to her faith. The pastor told mourners about Lazarus, who rose from the dead. The mother knelt and reached for her boy. "I believed in the miracle, so I touched his heart," Vukomanovic said. Nothing happened. Mario Vukomanovic, 23, war refugee, star student and drug addict, was gone, shot dead as he tried to rob a south Orange County pharmacy April 1 at gunpoint. Orange County deputies said the shooting was self-defense. "But now I have another miracle," the mother said in an interview this week. She forgave the...
  • Orange Blossom Trail pharmacist kills armed robber

    04/03/2009 5:40:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies · 914+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 1 April, 2009 | Susan Jacobson
    <p>A pharmacist shot an armed robber dead Tuesday at a drugstore off South Orange Blossom Trail, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.</p> <p>It was at least the fourth time this year that a robber was killed at a Central Florida business and was the second drugstore holdup that ended in death. The shooting happened about 5:15 p.m. at JR Pharmacy, 2160 Whispering Lakes Blvd. The man came into the shop with a handgun and, after a brief confrontation, was shot to death, sheriff's spokesman Jim Solomons said.</p>
  • Mother is denied pill by Muslim pharmacist

    10/05/2008 12:12:12 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 177 replies · 2,414+ views ^ | 03 Oct 2008 | Paul Stokes
    A woman was refused the "morning-after pill" by a supermarket's duty pharmacist because it was against his religious beliefs. Ruth Johnson, 33, who has two children, including a month-old baby, had not been using her usual method of contraception with her fiancée. She went to the Tesco dispensary in Hewitts Circus, Cleethorpes, Lincs, and asked an as assistant for the pill Levanelle. Miss Johnson was told it could only be dispensed by the locum pharmacist who was called to speak with her. She said: "He came out from behind a screen and told me that he would not be allowing...
  • Robbery thwarted by pharmacist with gun

    09/04/2008 11:48:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies · 252+ views
    Danville news ^ | 2 September, 2008 | Staff
    The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who attempted to rob Harder’s Pharmacy in Bassett on Saturday morning. A white male, with his face partially covered, entered the store on Fairystone Park Highway at about 10 a.m. and demanded that the pharmacist give him all the OxyContin and pain pills in the store, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. The pharmacist pulled a handgun and the would-be robber ran out of the store and got into the passenger seat of a vehicle parked across the street, authorities said. The driver then pulled out and...
  • Poll: Should pharmacists have the right to not give the morning after pill if they morally object?

    10/15/2007 7:41:49 PM PDT · by TheEaglehasLanded · 125 replies · 171+ views
    The State Journal Register ^ | October 15, 2007 | Dean Olsen
    The story is on top and the poll is on the bottom
  • Poll Shows US Public Support for Pharmacist's Conscience Clause

    07/20/2007 3:45:23 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 15 replies · 312+ views ^ | July 19, 2007 |
    Poll Shows US Public Support for Pharmacist's Conscience Clause July 19, 2007 ( - Most American adults would favor a "conscience clause" allowing pharmacists to avoid dispensing drugs if the use of those drugs violates their religious or ethical beliefs. A survey by Baraga Interactive found that 65% of respondents supported the right of a pharmacist to decline a prescription order for moral reasons. The survey of 1,249 adults confirmed a Medscape study in 2005 in which a similar proporation of US respondents-- 69% --supported pharmacists' rights of conscience. Pharmacists who object to the use of drugs such as the...
  • Planned Parenthood pressuring pharmacies (Vanity)

    01/09/2007 1:43:45 PM PST · by Cicero · 77 replies · 1,096+ views
    Letter from Planned Parenthood | 1/09/2007 | Self
    I just received a fund raising letter from Planned Parenthood today, don't ask me why. They want me to declare that: "I will not stand silently as pharmacists are allowed to refuse to fill birth control prescriptions!" It further asks me to sign "Letters of Objection" to Target, Winn-Dixie, and Safeway urging them to clarify their policy. If Planned Parenthood has its way, pharmacists will be forced to sell abortificients and other drugs regardless of their personal or religious beliefs. Also, pharmacy chains will be forced to sell these drugs, like it or not. This is a heads up. As...
  • Pharmacist Resists Illinois Rule on Contraceptives

    08/23/2005 1:26:19 PM PDT · by zendari · 27 replies · 627+ views
    CHICAGO — An Illinois pharmacist says he's being pressured by the state to sell a certain kind of oral contraceptive despite his objection to it for moral reasons. A new rule in Illinois — the first of its kind in the United States — tells pharmacists that if they're in the business of selling contraceptives, they must fill all contraceptive prescriptions, including those for so-called "morning-after" birth-control pills.
  • Court: Pharmacists Can Be Liable for Drugs

    06/03/2005 12:56:43 PM PDT · by SmithL · 41 replies · 819+ views
    AP ^ | 6/3/5 | CURT ANDERSON
    MIAMI -- A Florida appeals court has ruled for the first time that pharmacists can be held liable for failing to warn about risks associated with use of drugs repeatedly or in harmful combinations, even if they are filling a doctor's prescriptions. The 4th District Court of Appeal, reversing a state circuit court's ruling, decided this week that Robert Powers can pursue claims of negligence against two pharmacies — Your Druggist and The Medicine Shoppe — that filled his wife Gail's prescriptions for neck and back pain. She died of an overdose. The negligence claims against the pharmacies were dismissed...
  • Bill Lets Pharmacists Nix Birth Control (WI)

    05/18/2005 9:23:21 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies · 456+ views
    AP via ^ | May 18, 2005 | Ryan Foley
    Pharmacists should not have to choose between their religion and their profession, Republican lawmakers argued Tuesday as they supported a bill to protect pharmacists who refuse to fill birth control prescriptions. But a stream of critics, from doctors to abortion rights advocates, told a Senate subcommittee the bill would deny women access to several forms of contraception recommended by their doctors. State law does not address whether pharmacists who have religious or moral objections must fill prescriptions for birth control or emergency contraception. The state Pharmacy Examining Board says pharmacists may decline to fill such orders, but last month disciplined...
  • Laws Protecting Pharmacist's Refusal

    05/16/2005 7:37:16 PM PDT · by bulldozer · 25 replies · 631+ views
    Lawmakers in several states are considering "conscience clause" legislation that would permit pharmacists not to fill prescriptions for medications that violate their religious beliefs. Meanwhile, four different states are considering laws that would make sure pharmacists dispense all medications for all prescriptions they receive, regardless of the pharmacist's morals. Does requiring a pharmacist to dispense medication she finds morally objectionable violate her First Amendment right to free exercise of religion? RESOURCES “Pharmacists’ rights at front of new debate: Because of beliefs, some refuse to fill birth control prescriptions” The Washington Post (DC) “Are pharmacists right to choose?” CBS News...
  • Missouri Pharmacists Bypassing Conscience Debate by Not Stocking Abortifacient Morning-After Pill

    05/13/2005 7:14:39 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 31 replies · 788+ views
    LifeSite ^ | 5/11/05
    Most Missouri pharmacists are bypassing the conscience debate by simply not stocking the controversial abortifacient morning-after pill according to a survey of pharmacies conducted by NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) Pro-Choice Missouri. NARAL found that, of 928 pharmacies surveyed statewide, less than a third – 29 percent – carried the Plan B prescription abortifacient, marketed as “emergency contraception.” Abortion zealots and media alike are decrying the fact that in some rural regions, such as Shannon County and Barry County, not a single pharmacy will allow their employees to cooperate in the destruction of an unborn child. Missouri...
  • [Abortion] Pill bill stirs controversy

    05/11/2005 11:52:53 AM PDT · by george wythe · 90 replies · 974+ views
    Napa News ^ | May 11 2005
    Pharmacists who "just say no" when asked to fill prescriptions that violate their personal ethics are targeted by proposed state legislation that would mandate all prescriptions be filled. Some local druggists are not happy about the bill, authored by Sen. Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento, which would be the first in the nation to require filling emergency contraception prescriptions, even if the pharmacist feels it violates his or her personal morals. The owner of Napa's Family Drug on Old Sonoma Road, Thomas Gracia, has mixed feelings. "I think people should be able to get the prescriptions that they need," he said. "However,...
  • Milwaukee woman says pharmacist refused to fill prescription

    05/11/2005 11:00:37 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 221 replies · 3,058+ views
    WFRV.COM ^ | 05/11/2005 | Associated Press
    MILWAUKEE (AP) A mother of six claims a pharmacist refused to fill her prescription for an emergency contraceptive and berated her as a baby-killer, leaving her so traumatized she didn't seek out another pharmacist and ended up having an abortion.``The pharmacist crossed the line,'' said Tricia Knight, the attorney for the woman. ``It's one thing to conscientiously object. But you cannot intend to inflict emotional harm on a woman when she is making a very important and often very emotional decision in her life.''The state Department of Regulation and Licensing, which regulates pharmacists and other professionals, opened an investigation into...
  • Illinois Governor Sued Over Discrimination Against Pro-Life Pharmacists

    04/19/2005 4:35:19 PM PDT · by IleeneWright · 189 replies · 1,823+ views
    LIFENEWS.COM ^ | April 13, 2005 | Steven Ertelt
    Springfield, IL ( -- Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich now faces a lawsuit over his executive order requiring pharmacists in the state to fill all legal prescriptions for any drugs -- including birth control or morning after pills that some pharmacists believe cause abortions. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a pro-life law firm, filed suit in state court on behalf of two pharmacists who say dispensing such drugs violates their moral beliefs. They contend they should not be required to participate in the abortions the drugs may cause or to contribute to a customer's sexual activity. The ACLJ...
  • Pharmacists' Rights at Front Of New Debate

    03/27/2005 9:28:12 PM PST · by Crackingham · 12 replies · 589+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3/28/05 | Rob Stein
    Some pharmacists across the country are refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control and morning-after pills, saying that dispensing the medications violates their personal moral or religious beliefs. The trend has opened a new front in the nation's battle over reproductive rights, sparking an intense debate over the competing rights of pharmacists to refuse to participate in something they consider repugnant and a woman's right to get medications her doctor has prescribed. It has also triggered pitched political battles in statehouses across the nation as politicians seek to pass laws either to protect pharmacists from being penalized -- or force...
  • Neal Bootz on Abortion: Can Christians be Pharmacists?

    02/04/2005 8:07:46 AM PST · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 45 replies · 979+ views
    Boortz is upset with the idea of pharmacists having a conscience about whether an unborn child should be murdered or not. He took a few calls on it, which is very unusual. Normally, only he is allowed to snipe his views that abortion is ok. I only heard the last call. The idiot compared abortion with what kind of drinks a bartender can serve. Since the caller agreed with him, Boortz seemed to like the call. I like a lot of things about Boortz, but I just have to vent on this today. He has his show. We have this...
  • As Doctors Write Prescriptions, Drug Company Writes a Check

    06/26/2004 11:13:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,793+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 27, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"/> June 27, 2004 As Doctors Write Prescriptions, Drug Company Writes a CheckBy GARDINER HARRIS he check for $10,000 arrived in the mail unsolicited. The doctor who received it from the drug maker Schering-Plough said it was made out to him personally in exchange for an attached "consulting" agreement that required nothing other than his commitment to prescribe the company's medicines. Two other physicians said in separate interviews that they, too, received checks unbidden from Schering-Plough, one of the world's biggest drug companies. "I threw mine away," said the first doctor, who spoke on...
  • Pharmacist faces complaint over failure to dispense birth control

    03/16/2004 10:33:27 AM PST · by Chummy · 90 replies · 2,331+ views
    Janesville (WI) Gazette ^ | Tuesday, March 16, 2004 | Associated Press
    Pharmacist faces complaint over failure to dispense birth control (Published Tuesday, March 16, 2004 09:10:04 AM CST) Associated Press MADISON, Wis. -- The state Department of Regulation and Licensing has filed a complaint against a pharmacist who refused to fill a woman's birth control prescription because of his religious beliefs. The complaint against Neil Noesen was filed with the Wisconsin Examining Board over an incident that happened in the summer of 2002. It said Noesen, 30, was working as a fill-in pharmacist at the K-Mart Pharmacy in Menomonie and had told the managing pharmacist he wouldn't fill prescriptions for...
  • Outside View: FBI Behind the Anthrax Curve

    03/16/2004 6:32:36 AM PST · by Prince Charles · 4 replies · 386+ views
    Insight ^ | 3-15-2004 | Lawrence Sellin
    Outside View: FBI Behind the Anthrax Curve Posted March 15, 2004 By Lawrence Sellin On Feb. 23, the Washington Times reported the FBI official in charge of the probe into the 2001 anthrax mailings said the investigation still has top priority among the bureau's unsolved cases but acknowledged the anthrax sender may never be caught. "Despite our very, very, very best efforts, we still might not be able to bring it home," said Assistant Director Michael A. Mason, who heads the FBI's Washington field office investigating the case. This is in stark contrast to the Nov. 17, 2001 comments of...
  • New lead roils anthrax probe

    03/28/2002 9:10:04 PM PST · by knak · 136 replies · 1,257+ views
    Experts debate theory that hijacker was exposed By Steve Fainaru and Ceci Connolly THE WASHINGTON POST March 29 — In January, outside of formal channels, an FBI official asked biodefense experts at Johns Hopkins University to examine a curious lead in the federal government’s investigation into last fall’s anthrax attacks.THE EXPERTS were to evaluate the diagnosis of a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., emergency room physician who had treated one of the Sept. 11 hijackers last June. The physician, Christos Tsonas, initially thought the man had a minor infection, but after the wave of bioterrorist attacks he told the FBI that, in...

    10/11/2003 10:11:23 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 13 replies · 274+ views
    <p>SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — A pharmacist shot in the leg during a robbery yesterday turned the gun on his attacker, shooting him twice, police said. Ronald Huel Cole, 61, of Shelbyville entered Renegar's Drugstore at about 2:30 p.m. and demanded a shot of the painkiller Demerol, said Police Chief Austin Swing. Cole had a .38-caliber pistol in his hand and about 75 rounds of ammunition, police said.</p>
  • Pharmacist, Shot in Yemen on Dec. 30, to Share His Story with Lubbock Churches

    04/22/2003 5:59:14 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 233+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 04-22-03 | Reynolds, John
    Levelland ex-resident continues recovery from gunshot wounds Caswell plans to share his story with Lubbock churches in June BY JOHN REYNOLDS AVALANCHE-JOURNAL LEVELLAND — Don Caswell continues to recover from the damage caused by a religious fanatic's bullets but he has begun to share his terrifying story with others across the state, his mother, Mary Caswell, said Monday. The 49-year-old pharmacist, who was raised in Levelland, was gunned down Dec. 30 in the Baptist hospital in Jibla, Yemen, where he worked. Three friends and colleagues, Kathleen A. Gariety of Wauwatosa, Wis., Martha C. Myers of Montgomery, Ala., and William E....