Tuesday, April 04, 2006

When Ranting Becomes Public

Well, it's happened again. I got another Letter to the Editor published in the paper. Blog rants do pay off! I didn't know if links to the online version of the paper would work for non-subscribers, so I copied and pasted the letters below.

First is the letter from the pharmacist that irritated me so much I ranted about it on my blog and then wrote a Letter to the Editor.

Don’t force pharmacist to help with abortion
Monday, March 27, 2006

I respond to the March 13 letter to the editor "Don’t let pharmacists decide for patient," from Kathy Oyster. Her attack on Ohio House Bill 469 clearly shows a lack of logic and understanding of the abortion issue.

Even though abortion is legal, it does not give anyone the ability or right to force a physician or other healthcare provider, including a pharmacist, to participate in an abortion against their will.

She is concerned that pharmacists will be allowed to "choose" those to which they will dispense the drugs that "may or will" result in abortion. I doubt if any true pro-life pharmacists would dispense abortifacients to anyone, but why shouldn’t they also be allowed to choose?

Her concern about the lack of a "provision for rape victims" also is flawed. Rape is a terrible thing, and the woman should have all the support and counseling available. But should the child be killed and, thereby, punished for the crime of the father? Is this child any less valuable as a person because it was conceived by force? Using the same logic, what if a child were left on your doorstep "against your will"? Shouldn’t you also be given the choice between killing the child and finding it a home?

As a pharmacist, I am just refusing to be a willing participant in the killing of an innocent child.

Why should the woman be allowed choice, but not the health-care professional?

OK, now my response. Let me first say that my issue was with a person whose job it is to dispense medication that people are legally entitled to refusing to do so. I am NOT debating the pro-life vs. pro-choice issue.

Pharmacist can’t make decisions for others
Sunday, April 02, 2006

I respond to the Monday letter "Don’t force pharmacist to help with abortion," from James F. Haninger.

Haninger said, "Why should the woman be allowed choice, but not the health-care professional?" In other words, he believes that healthcare professionals should be allowed the same choice women have in making health-care decisions about themselves.

Haninger doesn’t get to make health-care decisions for other people just because he is a pharmacist. He has a job to do, and, if he is not comfortable doing it, he needs to find a different profession. No one needs him deciding whether or not they get the medicine they are legally entitled to because it might go against his beliefs.

He definitely is in the wrong profession if he thinks he can personally decide who deserves help via medication and who doesn’t. If someone comes in for their cancer medication and he doesn’t think they look sick enough, is he just going to decide they can’t have their pills this month?

My last sentence was not printed in the paper, don't know why - maybe space considerations or they just didn't like it!


Blogger Jess and Jetta said...

Our society is obsessed with deciding who is worthy of treatment. People are forced into playing the "sick role" in order to ensure they get the help they need. In doing so we can be excused from being productive members of society, but as soon as the measurable symptoms go away then we are forced to conform to society's whims. We have medicallised so many things it's insane! I agree with you.

4/04/2006 10:01 AM  
Blogger The Gradual Gardener said...

You had me worried for a second; I thought the first letter was the one you wrote. Not because it was pro-life (everyone's entitled to their own beliefs), but because it was so narrow-minded and preach-y. Glad to see you didn't write it!

Your letter was great, but I wish they'd included the last line!

4/04/2006 10:10 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Harridan said...

Nice job! I think your letter was great (though, I, too wish they'd printed that last line!).

Can you imagine if a female pharmacist was deciding which old men got Viagra? I'm sure there would be a furor over that like nothing we had ever seen!

4/04/2006 10:24 AM  
Blogger Suz said...

I loved your letter, very well written. Too bad they didnt include the last sentence.

I so agree with you on this issue.

Hugs Suz

4/04/2006 11:47 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I cannot believe that pharmacists consider themselves health care professionals. Does this mean that Salesmen for Merck are healthcare professionals too? What about the guy working at Johnson & Johnson who puts the bandaids in the box, is he one too? You consult a physican to get a prescription, not a pharmacist. If you have disclosed the details of your situation to a qualified doctor and if they feel it is right to give you a prescription for something, how is it the JOB of a person who is hired to dispense medication to decide the fate of your medical care? Has the world gone this nuts? What's next? Will the lady at the checkout decide whether the groceries we've picked out are appropriate for us to buy? Come on.

4/04/2006 1:52 PM  
Blogger David said...

Qui tacet consetire videtur and I don’t with any of you. If you ladies truly believe in Freedom of Choice and a woman’s right to have an abortion, then in all fairness you have to respect all sides of this issue. Audi alteram partem and accept and protect their rights of choice, in doing so you will be strengthening your own rights. Would any of you want to be judged, by people like yourselves, for refusing to sign an Anti Abortion Petition, which was being circulated in your neighbourhood?

Ignoratio elenchi there will always be a difference between medication designed to heal and medication designed to abort or take life. In simple terms, Viagra = Erection, Cancer Medication = Pain Control & Life, Morning After Pill = Abortion. The last sentence was in all probability left out because just like the comments you are receiving now they are ignoratio elenchi.

Absit iniuria verbis David

4/04/2006 2:15 PM  
Blogger Kimmy said...

You go girl! And I'm sad they left out the last sentence. That really hit it home for me.

The next time I have a rant and threaten to write a letter to the editor... I'm getting you involved. ;)

4/04/2006 2:19 PM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

I think that blogging helps many people to hone writing skills and really write for an audience they might not have otherwise. A lot of what results from that makes good personal interest/op-ed stuff. Yours included.

4/04/2006 8:37 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

that was SO well written! Good job!

4/05/2006 12:50 AM  
Blogger Shelli said...

Wow! I am impressed. You go girl!

4/05/2006 8:54 AM  
Blogger LadyBugCrossing said...

Nice job!

4/05/2006 9:29 AM  

<< Home