Pro-Life Pharmacist in MT being persecuted by harrassing complaints, Board of Pharmacy
> It makes my blood run cold when I learn about what is going on in
> our country right now relative to the healthcare professions and the
> constitutionally guaranteed (on both federal and state
> levels) freedom of religious expression and liberty of conscience.
> Last spring I asked your prayers for pharmacist friends of mine in
> Great Falls who followed their consciences and stopped filling
> prescriptions for contraceptive medications. The Holy Spirit has
> been with them, and they have suffered no significant problems (so
> far) once the initial bruhaha calmed down.
there is another
> Montana pharmacist, John Lane, in Broadus, MT (a city in the vicinity of
> Billings) who has made the same decision. (It's a small world out
> here -- he happens to be the cousin-in-law of my pastor at St.
> Mark's in Belt!) He, however, is going through much more.
> Eleven people have written complaints to the Montana Board of
> Pharmacy about his decision, citing him for "unprofessional
> conduct," with one going so far as to request that his license be
> revoked. All of these complaints were written by people who live in
> different parts of the state, with 10 of the 11 living in Missoula
> (a university town, don't you know!), which is about 400 miles from
> Broadus. From that distance, none of the complainants will ever need
> John Lane's services themselves, so his decision has no personal
> bearing on them.
> Regardless, John must now appear before the Montana Board of
> Pharmacy review panel on Wed., March 5th. He has requested that it
> be an open session, so that people could attend. His request was
> denied. He will appear in a closed session with the 11 complainants
> and their lawyers. He will be represented by an attorney from
> the Alliance Defense Fund, an organization that only takes cases
> that deal with religious freedoms or preservation of life.
> Please pray that this man's constitutional right to run his business
> as he sees fit, based on his religious beliefs and his conscience
> will be upheld. His situation represents a growing trend in this
> country. South Dakota has a bill before their legislators to repeal
> their state's pharmacist conscience clause. Other states have talked
> about doing the same. And my own home state of Wisconsin has passed
> a law denying freedom of conscience to hospitals and doctors
> regarding emergency contraception.
> Please remember, when people like John Lane or my Great Falls
> pharmacist friends, or institutions like Catholic hospitals, make
> policy based on their religious beliefs and their consciences, it
> isn't like there are no other pharmacies or hospitals for people to
> turn to. There are many, many more pharmacies and hospitals
> providing all of the contraception and abortion services than there
> are those that are not. This isn't about supply and demand -- it's
> about dictatorial control that prohibits some people's freedoms --
> constitutionally guaranteed freedoms at that! This is no small thing.
> At any rate, this terrible "Big Brother" injustice is happening one
> small, privately-owned pharmacy at a time so far in Montana. And
> that creates a situation of untold stress for those involved. Please
> pray for John Lane and his family. If you would like to send him an
> email of support, you may do so via PFLI's Pharmacist Conscience
And please pass the request for
> prayers on to anyone you know who might respond with prayer support.
> Thank you! Your prayers not only, I'm sure, affected the outcome of
> the controversy for my friends at Snyder's Drug in Great Falls, but
> they kept them afloat emotionally and spiritually during a very
> intensely stressful time for them. I'm sure that will be true for
> John Lane, too.
> May the Lord have mercy on our country, its politicians and its
> judges. Just today, the first reading at Mass was from Deuteronomy:
> "See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and
> evil... therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may
> live, loving the LORD your God, obeying His voice, and cleaving to
> Him... (Dt 30:15,19c-20a)
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