This is unfortunate.
Obviously a blow to contraception of all kind–emergency or otherwise–this is just one more step to deny women access to legal health services.
This is a slippery slope in both directions, which is why I think this warrants some serious discussion.
On one hand, I totally get the free market aspect of businesses not being required to stock any particular item. That could lead to either an unfair advantage for whatever is required to be stocked, or it could open the flood gates in requiring pharmacies to stock everything under the sun. Additionally, this bill is supported by the Missouri Pharmacy Association, who says pharmacies shouldn’t have to stock emergency contraception because there may not be high enough customer demand for it.
And that’s where they lose me.
According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, 11% of women aged 15-44 have used emergency contraception. Is 11% not enough customer demand?
Which brings me to the other hand. When there has already been instances of pharmacies refusing to fill prescriptions, lying to customers about their access to emergency contraception, and 11 states that have already restricted access, it is clear this is not about the free market.
Everything about this legislation of women’s bodies is nothing but patriarchal bullshit. From politicians’ definitions of rape, to access to ANY kind of contraception, to de-funding Planned Parenthood, this is a bunch of Christian white men trying to police my body, and I will not stand for it.