Malachi Witnesses at Walgreens
are licensed to dispense drugs to fight disease and keep us healthy.
AIDS is a disease and a pharmacist must dispense life sustaining drugs
to that patient. Pregnancy is not a disease.
by Angela Michael
10:12, 17-18 “Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget
the helpless. You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you
encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless
and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify
gentle Christians stood in the cold outside Walgreens in Glen Carbon,
IL, where two of the four former employed pharmacists were suspended
without pay and exposed the truth that Walgreens’ policy towards God
fearing pharmacists is wrong. Acts 5:29 “We
must obey God, rather than men.”
has put these pharmacists on unpaid leave because they refuse to
dispense the (Plan-B) abortion pill, because they know, all life is
sacred. One of the pharmacists is seven months pregnant and her
maternity benefits are now in question.
According to the most pro-abortion head of state in
’ history Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s new law, all pharmacies
are required to dispense the drug. But, all pharmacists are not
required to. So we are proclaiming that Jesus is Lord and His laws
Thou shall not kill is a commandment and abortion is murder are
It was cold with fresh snow on the ground, but we were inspired
and encouraged to stand against injustice and persecution. We stood
for righteousness. People drove by and gave honks of support. Some
parked their cars and joined us. So every Saturday we will proclaim
that Walgreens needs to change its policy.
Many people came to talk with us and said they would talk to
their pastors and friends to boycott Walgreens and come and stand with
us. We handed out a flyer explaining Walgreen’s policy on Plan B and
to phone their local Walgreens to express their concern and stop doing
5:11 “Have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness, but
rather expose them.”
pharmacists gave up well-paying jobs because they know that it was the
right thing to do, and God will bless them for their righteous stand.
Below is a commentary from one of the local pharmacists explaining his
has no apologies for his stand
BY JIM SUHR
pharmacist Rich Quayle makes no apologies for refusing to violate his
religious beliefs and dispense emergency contraception.
a stand that cost him his $100,000-a-year job at a Walgreen Co.
when he refused to sign a pledge for his employer promising to
dispense the medicine in accordance with a new state rule.
and two other metro-east pharmacists were put on indefinite unpaid
leave last month by Walgreen after they cited religious and ethical
grounds for balking at the rule they say wrongly forces them to
dispense the morning-after pill.
of the rule -- first imposed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich in April and made
permanent in August -- say it guarantees women's access to legal birth
try to paint us as being religious zealots," Quayle, 54, said
from his home in
. "I have firm religious beliefs, and I choose not to destroy a
human being. I don't think that's necessarily a bad moral stance to
rule requires pharmacies that sell federally approved contraceptives
to fill prescriptions for emergency birth control "without
delay" if they have the medication in stock. If the contraceptive
is not in stock, the pharmacy must order it or transfer the
prescription to another pharmacy of the patient's choice. If a
pharmacist won't fill the prescription because of a moral objection,
another pharmacist must be available there to fill it.
Fischman, vice president for public policy at Planned Parenthood in
area, said the rule has curbed what she said was frequent refusal by
pharmacists to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception.
do believe that it's absolutely critical that pharmacies have systems
that ensure that women can get prescriptions filled without
discrimination and without delay. That is what this rule does,"
month, Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreen asked its pharmacists to pledge
in writing to fill such prescriptions. The company suspended Quayle
and three colleagues on Nov. 28 when they refused to sign. One
pharmacist later agreed to dispense the contraceptives and has since
returned to work.
spokeswoman Tiffani Bruce said the company had no choice but to
discipline the pharmacists because violating the rule could jeopardize
the licenses of the pharmacies where they worked and of the sites'
for Law and Justice, a public-interest group founded by evangelist Pat
Robertson, has taken up the case of the three who were suspended. In a
recent filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in St.
Louis, the Washington D.C.-based group accused Walgreen of religious
discrimination by "effectively firing" the pharmacists.
ACLJ has said a state or federal lawsuit is likely if Walgreen doesn't
reinstate the pharmacists. Several lawsuits have been filed on behalf
of pharmacists and pharmacy owners who oppose the rule.
Quayle and others who believe that life begins at conception, the
morning-after pill is little different from an abortion. The high dose
of regular birth control can prevent fertilization or block a
fertilized egg from attaching to the womb.
media has painted us as a bunch of rogues and uncaring individuals,
and that couldn't be further from the truth," said Quayle, who is
a Baptist. "I like helping people. But I'm not there to kill
anybody, and I won't do it."
believes his refusal to follow the rule is protected by the Illinois
Health Care Right of Conscience Act, which he says protects workers
from being forced to act contrary to their conscience.
the Right of Conscience law means nothing, and religious beliefs mean
nothing, we're in a lot of trouble," said Quayle, who is looking
for a new job.
spokeswoman Abby Ottenhoff said the "right of conscience does not
apply to pharmacists."
general, the aim was to give medical professionals who may be in a
position to perform an abortion the right to abstain from doing so. We
fully support that right, but a pharmacist is not asked to perform
abortions. He's asked to fill prescriptions," she said.
don't have to comply with the state rule if they don't stock any
said he has no qualms about dispensing regular birth-control pills,
but the morning-after pill, he says, "is not your typical birth
you prevent the egg from implanting in the uterus, you prevent that
from becoming a human being," he said. "If I give her this
medication, that medication is designed to eliminate one of those
lives, and that's a position I choose not to participate in."