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April 5, 2005

Gov. Blagojevich and Prescription Drugs in Illionois

Turns out my governor agrees that I have the right to unfettered access to prescription medication. Last Friday (while I was in Philly for a WILPF board meeting), the gov came to Chicago to announce an emergency rule he enacted to clarify previous legislation. Pharmacies must fill all prescriptions or send the script onto another pharmacy.

From "Illinois Pharmacies Ordered to Provide Birth Control," by Monica Davey in the NYT:

Governor Blagojevich, saying that his emergency rule clarified an existing state requirement, said he suspected that the pattern of complaints over the past year was no coincidence, but rather "part of a concerted effort" to prevent women from getting the birth control they wanted.

Under the emergency rule put in place in Illinois, pharmacies that do not have a particular prescribed contraceptive would be required to order some or to send the prescription to another pharmacy.

Thank goodness I live in a state that respects human rights, including the right to reproductive healthcare. Too bad the President and his cronies are systemically denying people's reproductive rights around the world and are trying to force their beliefs on the US as well.

For more on Shrub and his actions at the Commission on the Status of Women Beijing Plus Ten meeting, please see "Embarrased at the UN" on the US WILPF staff blog, Peace Rave.

Posted by cj at April 5, 2005 5:25 PM

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