Washington board backs refuse-and-refer policy

June 12, 2006

Washington pharmacists could refuse to dispense emergency contraception but would have to provide patients a "timely alternative," under a policy endorsed by the state pharmacy board. The "refuse-and-refer" policy is opposed by women's and pro-choice groups, as well as Gov. Christine Gregoire.

Washington board backs refuse-and-refer policy

Washington pharmacists could refuse to dispense emergency contraception but would have to provide patients a "timely alternative," under a policy endorsed by the state pharmacy board. The "refuse-and-refer" policy is opposed by women's and pro-choice groups, as well as Gov. Christine Gregoire. The policy will face public scrutiny before adoption, expected by August.

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