I found this video in an article entitled The Evangelical Christian Movement – Goals and Methods over at Feministe:
I’m trying to unpack how I feel about this. I’ve got a couple of thoughts rolling around in my head:
1) This company has every right to be doing what they’re doing. This is an overtly Christian-oriented business whose owners and employees are imposing their particular brand of morality on customers who choose to shop there, but they’re not (I don’t think) doing anything illegal.
2) I hope that the free market pushes this custom pharmacy out of business; it spreads lies about birth control medication and to me that means you’re failing at being a pharmacy.
3) The reporter tells us there is a full-service CVS in the area, so there is at least one place where people who don’t support the dinkus anti-choice pharmacists can go to get their prescriptions filled.
4) It’s an indoctrination camp – the story of the Mom who takes her five
little soldiers for Christ children to the Christian pharmacy to teach them that there are medicines that will “kill a baby in the womb”, but that this pharmacy doesn’t sell those medicines, so this pharmacy is a good pharmacy – is chill-inducing. It’s not like these poor kids won’t get this message shoved down their throats elsewhere, but a brick-and-mortar store helps widen the divide between religiosity and reality.
5) Pharmacists employed in a community setting that serves the public should not have the option to refuse to serve the public. If the drug is on the shelves, and a pharmacist is the only pharmacist on duty, and a person comes in with a prescription from their doctor, they should be required to dispense it. This goes double for areas that may only have one pharmacy in the vicinity. I know I’m not providing a legal case for why I think this should be, that this is a “that’s just not fair!” statement. But women should not have to rush around from pharmacy to pharmacy to get a doctor’s prescription filled.
So what is the legal argument?
What is the law that requires private businesses to serve people equally, e.g., which prevents an owner from refusing service to based on race, etc? It’s not the Equal Access Act, right? That one just passed in 1984 and according to Wikipedia appears to apply to federally-funded secondary schools. Is there an argument in here that refusing to dispense birth control to women is a violation of equal access?