Stockpiling, Redux

Just the other day I suggested that the fine women of Illinois might want to start stowing away those contraceptives in anticipation of the encroaching theocracy. Now it seems the “fairer sex” in Texas and Louisiana might also ponder following the newly issued Bunker Stocking List, 2004 Version.

In Texas: In military jargon, lawmaker and Marine Reserve Col. Frank Corte Jr. says he wants Texas pharmacists to be able to claim “conscientious objector” status.

But his proposal would not exempt druggists from going to battle — it would let them refuse to fill prescriptions that go against their moral principles.

Corte, a seven-term Republican state representative from San Antonio, has pre-filed a bill for the coming legislative session that would amend an existing law that allows doctors, nurses and hospital staffers to opt out of performing abortions.

The bill specifically refers to prescriptions for the so-called “morning-after” pill, but Corte acknowledges its language could be interpreted to include any prescription contraceptive.

And in Louisiana: After Idalia and Jose Moran’s son was born by C-section, Idalia Moran’s doctor advised her not to get pregnant again for two to three years, and prescribed the pill.

But as CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts reports, when she went to the pharmacy, the cashier said, “You know what? I cannot refill them because the pharmacist says it’s against his religion because it’s abortion.”

Birth control fits nicely on the shelf next to your books by Darwin and that tear-smudged copy of the US Constitution.

By the way, The Handmaid’s Tale makes great bunker reading.

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