Saturday, March 17, 2007

If You Live in Washington State...Protect Your Pharmacists' Right To Conscience

When I was in Seattle last month, I learned about the Washington State Board of Pharmacy Public Rules hearing where WA State pharmacists' right of conscience is being threatened by the Governor, Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other special interest groups. Current Federal and WA State law protects pharmacists' right as healthcare professionals to refuse to participate in any service to be found morally objectionable.

In June, 2006 the WA State Board of Pharmacy composed a Draft Rule, which clarified current laws supporting WA pharmacists' healthcare professionals right to conscience. Now, due to pressure by the special interest groups mentioned above, this Draft Rule has been revised and no longer protects a pharmacists' right to conscience. Before this Draft Rule can become official, the Board of Pharmacy is obligated to hear public concerns regarding this Draft, at a Public Rules Hearing.

If you live in WA State, this is how you can have an impact on the outcome of this hearing:

Go to the hearing on Thursday, March 29 at the Renton Community Center on 1715 Maple Valley Highway, Renton, WA 98059 and show your support. They want to see numbers! People who wish to speak will be given under 2 minutes to be heard. Even if you cannot attend, pray, pray, pray for the successful outcome of this hearing.

You can also submit comments to the Board of Pharmacy at or fax them to the Board at (360) 586 4359. Deadline for comments is March 23.

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