File this under the law of unintended consequences…
The Washington Post has a story on a proposed government regulation that “would deny federal funding to any hospital, clinic, health plan or other entity that does not accommodate employees who want to opt out of participating in care that runs counter to their personal convictions” such as abortion, providing birth-control pills, IUDs and the Plan B emergency contraceptive.
This has long been part of the conservative agenda, no doubt supported by many people at RMG. But I would suggest that implementing this and other current proposals to cover pharmacies, would in the long run provide ample ammunition for other cultural minorities to impose their values on the majority.
If a pharmacist can deny birth control to a customer with a legal prescription, then it will only be a matter of time before a store clerk who is a Mormon or a Muslim can refuse to sell a six pack of beer to a 7-11 customer. Or how long would it take before a taxi cab driver can deny service to a man without a full facial beard or a woman not wearing a veal?
This is not the America that I want to live in, but if we march with these conservative zealots, we are moving ever closer to this reality.