Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Target's Response

I wrote to Target about the whole "denying contraception to a customer" issue and here's what they said back:

Dear Target Guest,

Target is extremely disappointed that Planned Parenthood is spreading misleading information about an alleged incident at a Target pharmacy in Missouri and our policies on emergency contraception. The accounts being reported are inaccurate and exaggerated. Our policy is comparable to that of many other national retailers and the recommendations of the American Pharmacists Association.

Target consistently ensures that prescriptions for emergency contraception are filled. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we also are legally required to accommodate our team members’ sincerely held religious beliefs as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the unusual event that a Target pharmacist’s sincerely held religious beliefs conflict with filling a guest’s prescription for emergency contraception, Target policy requires our pharmacists to take responsibility for ensuring that the guest’s prescription is filled in a timely and respectful manner. If it is not done in this manner, disciplinary action will be taken.

Target abides by all state and local laws and, in the event that other laws conflict with our policy, we will follow the law.

We appreciate the opportunity to clarify our position and correct misinformation.

Jennifer Hanson
Target Executive Offices

Before I believe that Planned Parenthood is lying, I'm going to get some more information. Stay tuned.


At 7:42 PM, Blogger clusterblog said...

I love Target like Whitney loves crack. I was just there...gotta get my Purell somewhere!
But, their response was weird (although Im slightly impressed you got a response).
The line about religious conflict yet Target policy requires the prescription filled in a timely are they saying that another pharmacist will fill the prescription? They talk around that sentence like Scott McClellan.

Emergency contraceptive pills are not the same as RU-486 and are not for abortions, but I suppose religious pharmacists are against birth control in general? But I suppose they'd fulfill a viagra prescription.

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

As a Christian Scientist pharmacist I am committed to the healing power of prayer. Consequently, I will only fill a prescription for someone who has previously sought healing via the grace of God through prayer. You should also know that I would never violate the will of the Lord. So if a Target guest did present herself sweating blood from the effort of unanswered prayer like Jesus at Gethsemane, I would honor the revealed will of the Almighty and refuse to fill that prescription. Cheers.


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