Our modest little Snyder Drug Store – home to the retro-cool 50s-style soda fountain – is getting an awful lot of publicity this week, thanks to the decision by the owners of the drugstore to not carry birth-control pills (aka oral contraceptives).
The decision is causing quite a stir in the blogosphere, even reaching the Hit-n-Run section of Reason magazine.
I (sort of) understand why the “pro-choice” people are upset about this, and I (sort of) also understand the position of the owners. But what it comes down to, in this case, is that this is a decision by the owners of the drugstore. It is THEIR business, and they should be able to sell – or not – whatever products they want to. Do I agree with the “pro-choicers” or the “pro-lifers” on the ethics of selling birth-control pills? Doesn’t matter…my opinion about the morality of BC pills or the people that use them is not what this issue is about, for me: the real right at stake here is that of a business owner to own and run his business.
UPDATE, Sunday morning: the Tribune has an article on the subject. And GeeGuy offers some perspective on the issue, including insight on the owners of Snyder Drug – friends of his – and the legal issues of this (increasingly) manufactured controversy.