The regina mom asks:
What is it with the Conservatives in Ottawa? They can’t seem to leave women alone, have to keep at it, have to continue to attack women’s hard-won rights! Are they afraid of our power or something?
First, they nailed Status of Women Canada which forced the doors of many women’s organizations across the country to close. Then they (with the support of the Liberals) allowed Ken Epp’s wedge issue Bill C-484 to pass Second Reading in the House of Commons. And now the right-wing extremist, Maurice Vellacott, the MP for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin has introduced, for what I think is the 3rd time, his ridiculous Bill-537!
Called ‘An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of conscience rights in the health care profession)’, it would allow health-care providers to opt out of any service they deemed ‘offensive’ to their religion or belief.
Sorry for the LifeShite link, but just like Ken Epp’s sneaky back-door attack on women’s rights, C-484, this too is getting little coverage in the mainstream press.
Introducing the bill in Parliament this afternoon, Vellacott said: “Mr. Speaker, the bill would prohibit coercion in medical procedures that offend a person’s religion or belief that human life is inviolable. The bill seeks to ensure that health care providers will never be forced to participate against their will in procedures such as abortions or acts of euthanasia.”
Among other ‘such as’s’ is dispensing contraceptive drugs that some
idiots religious people consider ‘abortifacients’.
What to do? (Well, beside the *sigh* usual: blogging, writing to MPs, yelling, etc.)
Do an end run around the sanctimonious gord-botherers.
The Notional Pest reports that the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) is recommending that emergency contraception be made available ‘in front of the counter’, without any interference or moral judgement from pharmacists with delicate sensibilities.
But guess what? The pharmacists are ‘worried’.
A women’s group has applauded the recommendation as a way to increase access to the pill, but pharmacists are objecting, saying Plan B customers would miss out on the invaluable information and advice druggists currently provide.
“Emergency contraceptives would be more readily available here [under the proposal] than in any developed country,” said Janet Cooper of the Canadian Pharmacists Association.
“I’m not sure how comfortable the general public might be if a 14-year-old could just walk in, pick it up off the shelf, buy it, not have any interaction with anybody and come back a month later and do the same thing. That’s not in that girl’s best interests.”
*shriek* What about the children????
Here is a delicious example of having your cake and eating it too. Don’t want to dispense legal drugs? Fine. Don’t. Get out of the way. We’ll pick ‘em off the shelves ourselves.
h/t Little Miss Brightsides