Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy orders Wal-Mart to stock morning after pills
Last year the Washington Post reported that "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." But when Wal-Mart chose not to stock morning after pills they cited "business reasons" rather than moral or religious convictions.
The lawsuit, backed by abortion rights groups Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts and Jane Doe Inc., argues Wal-Mart is violating a state policy that requires pharmacies to provide all "commonly prescribed medicines." They are suing to force compliance with the regulation through the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act.
A Wal-Mart spokesman said the company would comply with the directive by the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy and is reviewing its nationwide policy on the drug.
"Clearly women’s health is a high priority for Wal-Mart," spokesman Dan Fogleman said. "We are actively thinking through the issue."
Pro-choice groups including NARAL are leading a campaign to persuade the company to change its policy nationwide.