Friday, April 13, 2007
A Prescription for Morality?
Morality refers to the concept of human ethics which pertains to matters of right and wrong — also referred to as "good and evil" — used within three contexts: individual conscience; systems of principles and judgments — sometimes called moral values —shared within a cultural, religious, secular or philosophical community; and codes of behavior or conduct morality. Wikipedia
Sex and Morality: All in a Day’s News
The Washington state board of Pharmacy ruled – on Friday the 13, 2007 – that druggists could not refuse to fill morning-after pill prescriptions. Only in Bush’s America are regulations required to protect us from moral judgments overriding the sanctity of patient-physician treatment and confidentiality.
Why not have the cashier at the supermarket scan your groceries selections and pass judgment on your choices. If she feels you’re too fat for ice cream – refuse to ring it up!
How about if your gas station attended decided it was against his moral convictions to fill up your Hummer?
These are not life and death comparisons, you say? The do not affect innocent unborn children? Oh contraire - obesity contributes to diabetes, heart disease and death - AND infertility. And just ask an environmentalist what we're doing to the planet with gas guzzling cars.
Many of us believe war and the death penalty are blatantly immoral and violate the sanctity of life...yet we are not allowed to redirect our tax dollars away from killing many innocent citizens, including children. But pharmacists can prescribe morality?? Is that in the pharmaceutical code of ethics - thou shalt force your values on others?
Where is the morality in the pharmaceutical industry that pumps children full of meds to keep them "behaving"? Where is the morality in the FDA which approves medications that then subsequently are proven harmful to all who take them - including at times, their unborn children?
My druggist's job is to fill the prescriptions as prescribed by my physician and when I want a lesson in morality, that is the job of my clergy....or more to the point, between me and my personal relationship with my God or higher power, or the Universe...or none of the above!
Ironically, this Washington state story was reported the same day the federal government released the results of government-funded abstinence programs, which found that those who attended the abstinence classes reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not attend the classes, and they first had sex at about the same age as the control group. Of course, as with victory and democracy in Iraq, the feds ask us to give it more time, while in the meantime we can continue to refuse any meaningful help for those who will do what nature and their hormones intend for them to do.
Meanwhile... no one is guarding the morality of high tech reproductive technologies that border on sheer sci-fi! On the flip side of this bizzaro world, it was also reported the same day that the first baby conceived by frozen sperm and frozen egg was born to a single 36-year-old woman in California. No mention of who’s egg it was or if gets thawed before or after insertion….BRRRR! And, seemingly no concern about the morality of helping this single woman to conceive while not helping others who wish not to do so…nor any moral concern for the child conceived by an anonymous DNA and raised by a single mother who said she could not afford other infertility treatments.
And, as if all that wasn’t enough…the BBC reported sperm made from human bone marrow in Germany, giving a whole new meaning to man being created from a rib, eh??
It was, after all, Friday the 13th.
But, as you have said, this begs the question regarding other "moral choices". What about the purchase of alcohol products? Some states sell beer and wine in grocery stores..should check-out persons be allowed to refuse to scan those purchases? On religious grounds....
And then there is tobacco...
I am not a smoker and am allergic to tobacco products, but if someone wants to purchase cigarettes, etc. I don't think that check-out persons should be allowed to refuse to scan the products..