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ACLU: Pharmacist refuses to refill a birth control prescription

Susanne Koestner called a Walgreens in Albuquerque to refill her birth control prescription in mid-June. The pharmacist working told her he wouldn’t do it and she should get her birth control the next day from someone else, according to an American Civil Liberties Union news release. He said it was against his religious beliefs.

So Koestner had to call a different Walgreens because she couldn’t wait. (Birth control is time-sensitive.)

“Something is very wrong when a man can walk in to any pharmacy and buy condoms, but a woman can't fill a birth control prescription prescribed to her by a doctor,” says Koestner in the release. “As a patient, I am at the mercy of licensed pharmacists and pharmacies when it comes to being able to receive the medications my doctor has prescribed for me.”

This was a hot topic in 2005, when states were considering whether to make emergency contraception available over the counter. Former Alibi Editor in Chief Christie Chisholm wrote about the issue back then.

Some states have made laws protecting a pharmacist’s right to refuse: Pharmacists can refuse to dispense specifically emergency contraception in Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi and South Dakota. So-called “conscience clauses” got their start in the ’70s after Roe v. Wade.

In Illinois, a law was passed demanding pharmacists dispense contraception.

The local chapter of the ACLU says the Albuquerque pharmacist’s refusal constitutes sex discrimination. “... Walgreens is free to accommodate the religious beliefs of its pharmacists,” says ACLU-NM Staff Attorney Alexandra Freedman Smith in the release. “However, religion cannot be used to discriminate against people, and that is exactly what happened here.”

The ACLU and the Southwest Women’s Law Center sent Walgreens a letter requesting that if a pharmacist on staff can’t fill prescriptions due to religious beliefs, another pharmacist should be on duty who can.

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We're going to spy on Africa more.

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V.21 No.19 | 5/10/2012
Rep. Danice Picraux in 2009, when she spearheaded an effort to demand state schools comply with sports gender equity laws
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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Follow the Leader

Retiring legislator fought for women and the working class

Danice Picraux is a pioneer, but don’t let her catch you saying that. Born, as she says, at the “head of the baby boom” in 1946, she was raised in the aftershock of World War II. It was a time when, like a rubber band pulled too taut, the nation snapped back to traditional gender roles. The United States fled from the cultural phenomenon of women working during wartime. Returning to pre-war gender norms with a glaze of extremism, the ’50s model of the powdered, curled and aproned white housewife was born.

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The Daily Word in earthquakes, a jailed Zimmerman and Lil B

A series of earthquakes in the U.S. was likely caused by fracking wastewater.

An earthquake in Indonesia leaves the country relatively uninjured.

The guy who plays Pinkman on “Breaking Bad” has been robbed in ABQ twice.

In Sunland Park, you can’t tell who donated to a campaign.

Two APD officers who were fired for misconduct could end up back on the job.

Zimmerman makes his first court appearance and will stay in jail.

Trayvon Martin’s family talks about the second-degree murder charge announced yesterday.

J.K. Rowling’s writing a book for adults.

Lil B’s 90-minute lecture at NYU.

This leaf may be able to easily wean opiate addicts off their drug. But the herbal remedy may soon be banned in the U.S.

Our oil’s coming from new countries.

The photos that created America’s child labor laws.

Debate about women, motherhood and work plays out between Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen and Ann Romney.

"Since there is an infinite number of alternative universes, there must be one in which there isn't an infinite number of alternative universes. Perhaps this is the one."

Ze Frank is back!

Car commercials with shooting.

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The Daily Word in birth control, Romney's dog and Deep Throat

25 percent of marriages in the state are interracial.

New Mexico ditches No Child Left Behind.

Honduras prison fire kills inmates, many of whom hadn't been charged or convicted.

Congressional hearing on birth control includes no women.

Santorum says birth control is harmful.

One time, Romney put the family dog on the roof of his car during a road trip. Now, it's haunting his campaign.

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The Daily Word in film caps, Gingrich and Megaupload

17-year-old student stabbed and killed at school.

City pays woman back after police destroyed her weed.

State lawmakers looking to banish the $50 million cap for film rebates imposed last year.

Look inside the Fukushima containment vessel.

Santa Fe's minimum wage will be the highest in the country.

Congress is going to hold off on PIPA and SOPA votes.

Romney may lose to Gingrich in South Carolina.

College students are playing the fainting game. I thought that was for kids.

Hackers retaliate after Megaupload is shut down.

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If that capsized cruise ship dumps its fuel, it will pollute one of the most pristine segments of the Mediterranean.

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V.20 No.49 | 12/8/2011
The first edition of   Our Bodies, Ourselves

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Body Politics

An interview with one of the activists behind an iconic feminist health guide

Our Bodies, Ourselves celebrates 40 years amid much political debate on women’s health issues like abortion and contraception.

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The Daily Word in Gaddafi, tattoo Barbie and electronic whips

Gaddafi is dead.

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New Mexico is considering opening a "foreigners only" DMV in Albuquerque.

Maybe the Declaration of Independence was illegal.

The State Fair is insolvent.

Tattoo Barbie.

Who runs the world?

In Alabama, "Mexican" is a dirty word.

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V.20 No.32 | 8/11/2011

Miss Diagnosis

Prevention Goes Girlie

Free birth control and other big bonuses

Free birth control was rolled into the country’s coming health care reform at the beginning of August. Yet the suggestion that women ought to have access to preventive measures predictably outraged people who confuse contraception with abortion.

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V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011
Untitled piece by Nani Chacon

Art Preview

A Little Bit Spicy

Two artists paint women of the Southwest

Marie Sena’s and Nani Chacon’s art show, Picosa, puts women in the fore: The overall theme of the show is women of the Southwest. “We’re in such a unique cultural climate,” Chacon says. “We felt like that was something that needed to be celebrated and pushed to the forefront of what we’re doingnot just that we’re going to depict beautiful women, but the beautiful women of our surroundings.”

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The Daily Word in rain, beer and tall women

Rain! Maybe more rain!

Atlantis touches down.

Russians declare the era of the Soyuz.

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ACLU sues secretary of state for failing to reveal evidence of 37 immigrants she says voted illegally.

Corrales couple wins $200,000 off the lotto.

Ghost of a ghost town all that remains after Bland burns up in Las Conchas fire.

Hit songs written at expensive writing camps, hit factories.

You may be able to trap creatures again in New Mexico.

Russia finally admits beer is alcohol.

What's a calorie?

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Nazi exhumed.

Tall women get cancer more.

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The Daily Word in Weiner and Wiener, sunscreen and making out

Video of a Sandoval County deputy stun gunning a 16-year-old girl for disobeying him.

Rep. Weiner is resigning post-Twitter scandal.

Bernalillo County Commissioner Wiener not resigning post-rape joke.

Rep. Steve Pearce is asking the National Guard to look into a racism complaint by Spc. Adam Jarrell. (Read an Alibi interview with Jarrell.)

Naked beluga whale taming.

UNM football player arrested for refusing to pull up his saggy pants, according to airplane crew.

Monsoons supposed to follow dry winters. WTF New Mexico weather?

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The Baconery.

Life expectancy of women declines in U.S.

Two people making out during a riot.

Conan O’Brien’s honest commencement speech: “No specific job or career goal defines me or should define you.”

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