Annals of Idiocy

Of all the fools, he breaks the rules (emphasis mine):

On the one hand, I have to give the Washington Post some credit for its biased June 16 story about a new pro-life pharmacy set to open in northern Virginia this summer. Even with its less-than-fair treatment, it informs pro-life readers of a new pharmacy they may wish to patronize. Of course the store opening is worthy of news coverage for a number of reasons, such as the intersection of faith and professional ethics in health care, but unfortunately, staffer Rob Stein started right off the bat slanting coverage in a way to disparage the enterprise.

Take, for example, Stein’s lead paragraph in “‘Pro-Life’ Drugstores Market Beliefs: No Contraceptives for Chantilly Shop.”:

When DMC Pharmacy opens this summer on Route 50 in Chantilly, the shelves will be stocked with allergy remedies, pain relievers, antiseptic ointments and almost everything else sold in any drugstore. But anyone who wants condoms, birth control pills or the Plan B emergency contraceptive will be turned away.

“Turned away”? Really? It’s not like the customers seeking condoms or birth control will be blacklisted, they just won’t find those items in stock, and are more than free to purchase cold medicine, rubbing alcohol, or any number of over-the-counter or prescription items at the store.

Turned away doesn’t mean blacklisted, it means turned away. I’m sure a woman who walks into Robert Semler’s pharmacy needing emergency contraception after being raped will be pleased to know that the pharmacist doesn’t stock it and won’t refer her to any pharmacy that does, but he’ll be happy to sell her rubbing alcohol or cold medication.

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