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Petitioning Idaho State House and 2 others

Tell Idaho to Repeal Dangerous Conscience Clause Law

Last fall, a prescription for Methergine, a drug that stops uterine bleeding, was called in to an Idaho Walgreens. The pharmacist, suspicious that the woman's uncontrolled bleeding may have been the result of an abortion, refused to fill the prescription. The pharmacist refused to even refer the woman to a pharmacy who would fill her prescription, leaving her alone, bleeding, and lost.

Incredibly, this behavior is legal because of Idaho's new conscience clause law that allows health care professionals to opt out of providing certain types of reproductive health care, including emergency contraceptives and abortion care.

This law needs to be repealed because it allows pharmacists and health care professionals to refuse to dispense contraceptives and thus increases chances of unintended pregnancy, Idahoans themselves dislike the law (62% versus the 35% who favor it), and it offers no protections for patients who are refused medication. Furthermore, the law is open to abuses by pharmacists who can actually put women's lives in danger, such as the situation in Nampa.

When the law was first signed last year, the governor promised to reconsider the law if it were being abused. Ask him to follow through with that promise and repeal Idaho Senate Bill 1353.

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Letter to
Idaho State House
Idaho State Senate
Idaho Governor
Idaho Senate Bill 1353 is a dangerous bill that risks the lives of women and must be repealed. This law needs to be repealed because it allows pharmacists and health care professionals to refuse to dispense contraceptives and thus increases chances of unintended pregnancy, Idahoans themselves dislike the law (62% versus the 35% who favor it), and it offers no protections for patients who are refused medication.

SB 1353, already harmful for women in terms of access to reproductive tools, is made significantly worse by abuses of the law by pharmacists, as illustrated by an incident that took place last fall. A prescription for Methergine, a drug that stops uterine bleeding, was called in to a Nampa Walgreens. The pharmacist, suspicious that the woman's uncontrolled bleeding may have been the result of an abortion, refused to fill the prescription. The pharmacist refused to even refer the woman to a pharmacy who would fill her prescription, leaving her alone, bleeding, and lost.

Rural Idaho women are put at even greater risk, since only one pharmacist may be available to timely fill a prescription. Thankfully, the Nampa woman above lived in an urban area with access to other options. Imagine the tragic scenario if she lived in a rural area with limited options. Idaho cannot endanger women's lives in this manner.

When the law was first signed last year, the governor promised to reconsider the law if it were being abused. It is time to follow through with that promise and repeal Idaho Senate Bill 1353.

Thank you.