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Please ACT NOW for the
RIGHT to CONSCIENCE!

In 2006, the Governor, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and Northwest Women's Law Center (now Legal Voice) demanded that the Washington Board of Pharmacy pass regulations forcing pharmacists and pharmacies to violate their conscience and dispense Plan B , the morning after pill.Their demands were a part of a national agenda by pro-abortion groups to eliminate conscience rights for these health care professionals and to force private businesses to sell early abortifacients such as Plan B and Ella.

Although the Board initially voted to pass a regulation supporting conscience rights, it abruptly reversed its position when the Governor threatened the Board.

In 2007, the Board passed the final regulations that require pharmacists and pharmacies to dispense drugs like Plan B and Ella, regardless of a pharmacist's religious objection. They prohibit providers from referring patients to nearby providers when the providers have a conscientious objection, but in practice allow providers to refer patients for business and secular reasons.

The Stormans family, which owns pharmacies in Olympia, objected to being forced to violate their conscience. Under the leadership of Attorney Kristen Waggoner, they filed suit and have had successes, which I think have something to do with where we are today.
 
In a recent turn of events, the Board has re-opened the rulemaking process.

The Board is considering amending the anti-conscience regulations to allow providers to refer patients to nearby providers if they have a conscientious objection to dispensing a drug. We have a unique opportunity to stand up for life and faith and to change the law.


It is essential that the Board hears the voice of those who support conscience rights. 
 
Here's how you can help:
 
1a-1c.  Communicate with the Pharmacy Board:

Click here to (a) concur with the Pharmacy Board's amendment to the anti-conscience rules and (b) to provide a written comment on the Pharmacy Board website. (c) You can also email your own comment to accesstomeds.wsbop@doh.wa.gov. (IMPORTANT: For record-keeping purposes, you must provide your contact information, though comments are posted as anonymous.)

2. Attend the Board of Pharmacy Hearings:

RENTON - Friday, September 17, 2010
Time:  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place:  Blackriver Training and Conference Center
800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057
(Directions)


KENT - Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Time:  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Place:  CenterPoint Commons - Conference Center
20809 72nd Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032

3. Consider providing testimony at the hearings that supports the right of pharmacists and pharmacies to conscientiously object to dispensing Plan B and Ella.
 
The pro-abortion groups have sent out many emails to their supporters urging them to provide written comments and testimony at the hearings. The pro-abortion people cannot stand the idea that anyone might disagree with them. They want to coerce anyone who disagrees into being silent.

Whether or not you provide live testimony, it is important for the pro-conscience community to stand up and be counted. 

We don't want to miss this opportunity. Please make every effort to add your voice to this very important RIGHT to CONSCIENCE.


Dr. Joseph B. Fuiten is the senior pastor of Cedar Park Church in Bothell, Washington, and he is the former president of Washington Evangelicals for Responsible Government and the Positive Christian Agenda. Currently, Pastor Fuiten is a founding member of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, an associate organization of Focus on the Family.