Pharmacists targeted over contraceptives

March 28, 2006 at 12:53 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 28 (UPI) -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has proposed the state's 2,700 pharmacies post a sign with his name on it informing about options for buying contraceptives.

The governor said the proposal is aimed at pharmacists who lie when telling women contraceptives are not in stock, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The signs would tell customers that pharmacies must provide an alternative drug if they are out of stock or allow the prescription to be filled at a different pharmacy.

The new proposal comes in the wake of last year's order in which the governor required pharmacies that sell contraceptives, including the morning-after pill, to dispense them without delay, said the report.

The governor was quoted as saying some pharmacies opposed to dispensing the morning-after pill have told state officials they plan to use similar tactics to prevent other women from obtaining the pill. Some pharmacists have said forcing them to fill such prescriptions violates their religious principles.

The governor says his measures would deter pharmacists from "trying to make a political statement" when they are supposed to be doing their jobs, the report said.

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