Wal-Mart: Where women may or may not get what they need

Four states allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions and 8 more are considering such laws. The women's health section of Wal-Mart's website (packed with valuable insight like: "Women's Health is a growing concern among women 18-59...") lists 22 health concerns; conspicuously absent are reproduction & birth control. A Peek reader sent this letter she received after writing to ask that "your company assure me and your other customers that no woman seeking prescription contraception will be turned away by your company's pharmacies.":

"Dear Valued Customer, Thank you for contacting us at Walmart.com regarding women's prescriptions for birth control. Your comments and concerns are very important to us as we strive to meet your needs. Wal-Mart does not carry emergency contraceptives. Our pharmacists may decline to fill a prescription based on personal convictions. However, they must find another pharmacist, either at Wal-Mart or another pharmacy, who can assist you by filling your prescription. Again, we thank you for your comments regarding this issue. Sincerely, Customer Service at Walmart.com." (Peek)
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