14 November 2005

Target Doesn't Even Try To Be Even Handed.

From: Target.Response Target.Response@target.com
Date: Nov 14, 2005 11:14 AM
Subject: Filling Prescriptions

Dear Target Guest

In our ongoing effort to provide great service to our guests, Target consistently ensures that prescriptions for the emergency contraceptive Plan B are filled. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also requires us to accommodate our team members' sincerely held religious beliefs.

In the rare event that a pharmacist's beliefs conflict with filling a guest's prescription for the emergency contraceptive Plan B, our policy requires our pharmacists to take responsibility for ensuring that the guest's prescription is filled in a timely and respectful manner, either by another Target pharmacist or a different pharmacy.

The emergency contraceptive Plan B is the only medication for which this policy applies. Under no circumstances can the pharmacist prevent the prescription from being filled, make discourteous or judgmental remarks, or discuss his or her religious beliefs with the guest.

Target abides by all state and local laws and, in the event that other laws conflict with our policy, we follow the law.

We're surprised and disappointed by Planned Parenthood's negative campaign. We've been talking with Planned Parenthood to clarify our policy and reinforce our commitment to ensuring that our guests' prescriptions for the emergency contraceptive Plan B are filled. Our policy is similar to that of many other retailers and follows the recommendations of the American Pharmacists Association. That's why it's unclear why Target is being singled out.

We're committed to meeting the needs of our female guests and will continue to deliver upon that commitment.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Hanson
Target Executive Offices


From here.

I know for a fact that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not compel a policy that treats Plan B differently from other prescriptions and products which employees may have religious objections to selling. Also, maybe Target is being singled out because there is a documented case in Fenton, Missouri, of Target refusing to fill a prescription. Actions speak louder than words.

Damn. Maybe Target just doesn't want my business of any kind. Statements like this piss me off to no end. My first post on the topic was here, my second one was here, and my third was here.

2 comments:

Kyle said...

This is disappointing. For what it's worth, I do think Target is stuck between a rock and a hard place here. That being said, I agree they are in error.

karen m said...

That looks a little different from the email I received from Target at the beginning of Planned Parenthood's protest. Not much though.

So Plan B is the only medication to which "their policy applies"? If a pharmacist decides for me that I don't really need birth control, it's ok for them to refuse my prescription? Sorry; that's not good enough to get me to shop at Target.