Saturday, April 02, 2005

Hooray for Blago!

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich may be a bit of a weasel, but he's our weasel. Kudos to the Governor for making Illinois a place where no pharmacist can interfere with the doctor-patient relationship by refusing to dispense the pill or emergency contraception. To wit, Blago said:

"Our regulation says that if a woman goes to a pharmacy with a prescription for birth control, the pharmacy is not allowed to discriminate who they sell it to and who they don't. No delays. No hassles. No lectures. Just fill the prescription."

Blagojevich has filed an emergency rule to this effect. It will remain in force for 150 days, after which the administration will seek to make it permanent.

Karen Brauer, president of Pharmacists for Life International, thoughtfully termed Blagojevich's rule "crazy" and "nuts." I won't say it takes one to know one.

P.S. It's pronounced Bluh-GOY-uh-vitch. (Anyone know how to key in a schwa?)


bitchphd said...

God, thank goodness for your gub'nor.

You're totally trying to convince me to move to Chi-town, aren't you? ;)

Orange said...

Ah, you're onto me.

Incidentally, Chicago's Mayor-for-Life is a Democrat, as is the governor. The Illinois legislature is Dem-controlled and most of the lesser statewide offices are also held by Dems. It hasn't always been this way, but Chicago is mighty blue. The collar counties tend to be red, so you'll want to be a city girl (or live in the close-in blue 'burbs).

The Un-Apologetic Atheist said...

I've wanted to move to Chicago for years, because every liberal (and every fellow geek) I've ever known who lived there said it was their favorite city in the USA. If I can't get into a PhD program in Australia, I might try to get on with the EPA program in C-town in the next couple of years, after my partner finishes her master's here at the Univ of Kansas. I'm eyeing KU for additional grad work as well, but I'm not sure I want to keep living in KS after the 70% passage of the "marriage amendment."