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No 'conscience clause' for Irish pharmacists on morning-after pill

February 25, 2011

Irish pharmacists are obligated to provide customers with the "morning-after pill," or face professional sanctions, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland has confirmed.

With the approval of over-the-counter sale of the morning-after pill, which can function as an abortifacient, pharmacists who wish to protect human life will face a dilemma. Their Code of Conduct requires them to place the highest priority on the health of patients, while their professional association insists that they must stock and dispense the pill, or refer patients to others who will sell it.


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