May 15, 2012

Brownback Signs ‘Conscience Act’ Letting Pharmacists Refuse to Provide Drugs They Believe Might Cause Abortion


Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill that will allow pharmacists to refuse to provide drugs they believe might cause an abortion. Called the Health Care Rights of Conscience Act, the new law will bar anyone from being required to prescribe or administer a drug they "reasonably believe" might result in the termination of a pregnancy. The law was signed Monday. Critics say the law will open the door for a pharmacist to refuse a request for something like the "morning-after" pill, which the Mayo Clinic says can prevent or delay ovulation, block fertilization or keep a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.


Kansas City Star by Brad Cooper

Tags: abortion, Health Care Rights of Conscience Act, Kansas City Star, Legal / Leadership, Pharmacology, Sam Brownback

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