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Pharmacist withholds ‘morning-afterâ€TM pill from pregnant woman

by Amanda Luker

Sept. 30, 2004 – A New Hampshire woman was denied the so-called "morning-after" pill at a drive-through pharmacy. After an assistant told her the pharmacist could not fill her prescription, Suzanne Richards replied that the pharmacy had filled her prescription before. At that point, Richards recounted to the Associated Press, pharmacist Todd Sklencar approached the window and told Richards he was morally opposed to giving a substance that would end a life.

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Richards said that Sklencar did not direct her to a pharmacy that would fill the prescription and by the time she found one, she was passed the 72 hours that the pill would have been effective.

Paul Biosseau, executive director of the New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy explained to the AP that New Hampshire is among many states that allow pharmacists to refuse filling a prescription. However, added Biosseau, the pharmacist should direct the customer to a pharmacy that will help them.

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