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David Ripley: Media Continues to Mislead on Pharmacist Complaint

January 26th, 2011 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The Associated Press is reporting that the Idaho Board of Pharmacy has dismissed Planned Parenthood’s complaint against a Nampa pharmacist because she did not violate Idaho law or the professional standards the Board is charged with upholding.
This must be very frustrating for the political operatives at Planned Parenthood – Idaho’s largest abortion mill.

Yet even in reporting the story, the media is continuing to carry the Abortion Industry’s water by trying to wrap the incident around the axle of the Conscience Law.

This whole story was ginned-up to challenge Idaho’s new Conscience Protect Law for health care providers – yet the simple truth is that the Conscience Law has nothing whatsoever to do with this incident.

The Board of Pharmacy dismissed the bogus complaint on two grounds:

1. The purported refusal to fill a prescription did not violate Idaho law, because no law in Idaho exists which compells pharmacists to fill a prescription – any prescription.

2. Planned Parenthood alleges that the pharmacist broke the law by inquiring into the patient’s medical history. That, too, is a bogus charge.

The simple fact is that even if we accept everything Planned Parenthood is saying about this incident as true – a willful act of credulity – it has nothing whatsoever to do with the Conscience Law. The drug at issue is not an abortifacient, and is therefore not covered by the very specific protections of the new law.

The pharmacist in question was not applying the Freedom of Conscience Law to the situation. Period. And the Board of Pharmacy did not dismiss the complaint because of the protections of the new law, but on other grounds which existed prior to its enactment.

It is also significant that the Board did not find a violation of stringent standards of conduct regulating the profession of pharmacy. Despite Planned Parenthood’s best efforts to smear Idaho pharmacists, that should serve to bolster public confidence in the men and women who serve us every day at the medicine counter.

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