What the bill does:
155 would protect the right of pharmacists
to conscientiously refuse to engage in practices
that violate the sanctity of human life.
- Current law already protects health care
employees (licensed physicians, certified
physician assistants, hospital employees,
licensed nurses and certified nurse assistants)
from being fired or otherwise discriminated
against based on a conscientious refusal to
participate in surgical abortion and
- The Pharmacists' Conscience Clause Bill
would extend that conscience protection to
pharmacists who refuse to participate in
chemical abortion and euthanasia. Outside of
the hospital setting, pharmacists enjoy no clear
protection. SB 155 seeks to fill this
conspicuously unjust hole in Wisconsin law.
- Under SB 155, a licensed pharmacist cannot
be required to dispense a prescribed drug or
device if the pharmacist believes the drug or
device will be used for causing an abortion or
causing the death of any person, such as through
assisted suicide or euthanasia.
- Under SB 155, the pharmacist would be exempt
from professional liability or disciplinary
action and would be shielded from employment
discrimination based on creed - including
refusal to hire a pharmacist or termination of
the pharmacist's employment.
What the bill does not do.
- SB 155 does not ban birth control. It will
not make drugs such as the morning-after pill
and other abortifacient birth control illegal or
- The bill does not protect a pharmacist who
would conscientiously refuse to transfer a
prescription. SB 155 is silent on the issue of
transfer. Most pharmacists consider a
prescription transfer to be a release of a
patient health care record, not a direct
- SB 155 leaves it up to the pharmacy employer
and the individual pharmacist to work out an
accommodation for the pharmacist's protected
conscientious objection. Accordingly, SB 155
does not direct the pharmacist to follow certain
protocols following his or her refusal to
dispense. Such protocols are unnecessary and
would effectively place the burden on the
pharmacist to ensure the patient receives her
medication - which undermines the very notion of
a conscientious objection.
- SB 155 is a labor protection bill.
Pharmacists, like doctors and nurses, are valued
members of the professional health care team who
should not be forced to choose between their
consciences and their livelihoods. No pharmacist
should have to daily check his or her conscience
at the door. One person's convenience should not
trump another's conscience.
- Just as a woman's legal right to a surgical
abortion should not compel a hospital to provide
one, a woman's legal right to abortifacient
drugs and devices should not compel a pharmacist
to dispense them.
- The bill simply recognizes that employers
must not force pharmacists to participate in
what they know to be the killing of another
person. It thereby reaches a middle ground where
the pharmacist can be protected and the woman
can access her prescription.
Why the bill is necessary:
- Abortion techniques focusing on chemical
means to end the life of preborn babies, such as
the morning-after-pill, have received FDA
approval. It is common to receive life-ending
(abortifacient) drugs in a pharmacy, thus
compelling pharmacists to be party to abortion.
- On the other end of life's spectrum, efforts
are underway that would allow "terminally ill"
individuals to request a prescription for lethal
drugs from their doctors. Pharmacists would then
be asked to fill those prescriptions. The state
of Oregon has already legalized
- Importantly, the pharmacists'
conscience clause bill is the ONLY bill that
protects pharmacists who conscientiously refuse
to dispense the morning-after pill and other
abortion-causing "hormonal contraceptives."
- The issue of pharmacists being fired for
conscientiously refusing to dispense
abortion-causing birth control has received
international and national attention. The BBC
News, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor,
CBS Evening News, and CNN, to name just a few
media sources, have all reported on documented
"real-life" cases in which pharmacists have been
put in the position of either leaving their jobs
or compromising their beliefs.
- These attacks on pharmacists are an
infringement on their free exercise of religion,
and in the long run will serve only to aggravate
the already acute shortage of qualified
pharmacists by discouraging people of faith from
entering the field.
What is chemical abortion?
www.go2planb.com under "About Plan B" then go
- It is a medical fact that the morning-after
pill (a high dosage of the birth control pill)
and most if not all birth control drugs and
devices including the intrauterine device (IUD),
Depo Provera, Norplant, the Patch, and the Pill
can act to terminate a pregnancy by
chemically preventing an already fertilized egg
(a fully human embryo) from implanting in the
uterine wall. This action constitutes chemical
- One need only explore the websites of
individual abortifacient brand-name drugs to
verify their abortion causing effect. The most
commonly used emergency contraceptive pill
package is Plan B. The website for this drug
regimen clearly indicates that it can work to
prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the
"How does Plan B work (mechanism of action)?
Plan B is believed to act as an emergency
contraceptive principally by preventing ovulation or
fertilization (by altering tubal transport of sperm
and/or ova). In addition, it may inhibit
implantation by altering the endometrium
- The package insert of LO/OVRAL-28, a
standard birth control pill manufactured by the
Wyeth-Ayerst Company, also describes the
mechanism of the drug: inhibition of ovulation
and other alterations that 1) change the
cervical mucus thus increasing the difficulty of
sperm entry into the uterus, and 2) change the
endometrium, or uterine wall, which reduces the
likelihood of implantation.
- While admitting that emergency contraception
inhibits the implantation of a fertilized egg,
the makers of Plan B contend that emergency
contraception does not cause an abortion. They
argue that emergency contraception "prevents
pregnancy" or "cannot terminate an established
pregnancy." However, they intentionally define
the term "pregnancy" as implantation of a
fertilized egg in the lining of a woman's
uterus, as opposed to "pregnancy" beginning at
- Whether one understands pregnancy as
beginning at "implantation" or "fertilization,"
the heart of the matter is when human life
begins. Embryological science has clearly
determined that human life begins at
fertilization - the fusion of an egg and sperm
immediately resulting in a new, genetically
distinct human being. This is not a subjective
opinion, but an irrefutable, objective
scientific fact. Accordingly, any artificial
action that works to destroy a fertilized egg
(human embryo) is abortifacient in nature.
What other states are doing:
- The Pharmacists' Conscience Clause Bill is
modeled after a South Dakota law enacted in
1998. To the best of our knowledge, no one has
challenged that law nor have any cases arisen
because of it, showing that such a law can and
- Other states with specific and comprehensive
pharmacist conscience clause laws include
Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Many other
states are actively considering this legislation
including Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota,
Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, Texas,
New York, Arizona and Washington.
Let's make Wisconsin a "pharmacist-friendly"