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dc.contributor.authorGallagher, C. T.
dc.contributor.authorHolton, A
dc.contributor.authorMcDonald, L.J.
dc.contributor.authorGallagher, P.J.
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-25T06:36:01Z
dc.date.available2013-10-25T06:36:01Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationGallagher , C T , Holton , A , McDonald , L J & Gallagher , P J 2013 , ' The fox and the grapes : an Anglo-Irish perspective on conscientious objection to the supply of emergency hormonal contraception without prescription ' , Journal of Medical Ethics , vol. 39 , pp. 638-642 . https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2012-100975
dc.identifier.issn0306-6800
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 1407958
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 594a9ddc-d4cd-4337-802b-bf76b94574d9
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84884981003
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/11838
dc.description.abstractEmergency hormonal contraception (EHC) has been available from pharmacies in the UK without prescription for 11 years. In the Republic of Ireland this service was made available in 2011. In both jurisdictions the respective regulators have included ‘conscience clauses’, which allow pharmacists to opt out of providing EHC on religious or moral grounds providing certain criteria are met. In effect, conscientious objectors must refer patients to other providers who are willing to supply these medicines. Inclusion of such clauses leads to a cycle of cognitive dissonance on behalf of both parties. Objectors convince themselves of the existence of a moral difference between supply of EHC and referral to another supplier, while the regulators must feign satisfaction that a form of regulation lacking universality will not lead to adverse consequences in the long term. We contend that whichever of these two parties truly believes in that which they purport to must act to end this unsatisfactory status quo. Either the regulators must compel all pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception to all suitable patients who request it, or a pharmacist must refuse either to supply EHC or to refer the patient to an alternative supplier and challenge any subsequent sanctions imposed by their regulatoren
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Medical Ethics
dc.titleThe fox and the grapes : an Anglo-Irish perspective on conscientious objection to the supply of emergency hormonal contraception without prescriptionen
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Life and Medical Sciences
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Pharmacy
dc.contributor.institutionHealth & Human Sciences Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Clinical Practice, Safe Medicines and Drug Misuse Research
dc.contributor.institutionPatient and Medicines Safety
dc.contributor.institutionLaw, Ethics and Professsionalism in Pharmacy Practice
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