For the 99 percent of women who will use contraception during their lifetimes, birth control is basic, essential healthcare.
A patient should be able to get their birth control prescription filled at any pharmacy.
But some pharmacists refuse to fill birth control prescriptions and won’t relinquish prescriptions they’ve been handed. While some states have “refusal laws” that allow pharmacists to deny birth control to a patient if they do not support the use of contraception, in most states pharmacists simply refuse. There are no protections for patients in this situation.
Our nation’s laws have always protected freedom of religion—but not the right to impose one’s religious beliefs on others. Patients should not have to fear being turned away, lectured, or humiliated at the pharmacy counter when they go to pick up birth control.
Pharmacies should fill all birth control prescriptions without delay or judgment.
Eight in 10 Americans say pharmacists who personally oppose birth control for religious reasons should not be able to refuse to sell oral contraceptives to patients. Even 74 percent of abortion opponents disagree with giving pharmacists this refusal power.1
Lawmakers can address this situation by passing laws that guarantee patients can have their birth control prescriptions filled at any pharmacy without delay or interference. Some states already have taken action by requiring pharmacies to fill legal birth control prescriptions.