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(8,231 posts)
Sat Jan 14, 2023, 03:18 AM Jan 2023

CVS sued by nurse who was fired after she refused to prescribe birth control


CVS Health is facing another lawsuit brought by a former employee who claims the pharmacy chain's decision to fire her after she refused to prescribe birth control to patients violated her religious rights under federal law. J. Robyn Strader, a nurse practitioner and Texas resident, worked at a CVS MinuteClinic for six and a half years, according to the lawsuit, which she filed through her attorney in U.S. district court in Forth Worth on Wednesday.

The complaint alleges that CVS terminated Strader's employment illegally, arguing that the company's decision dismissed protections outlined in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The provision, passed as part of a broader package of landmark legislation in 1964, prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin. One section of Title VII specifically notes that "[t]he term 'religion' includes all aspects of religious observance and practice, as well as belief, unless an employer demonstrates that he is unable to reasonably accommodate to an employee's or prospective employee's religious observance or practice without undue hardship on the conduct of the employer's business."

Strader claims in the new lawsuit that her Christian faith prevented her from prescribing contraceptive or abortion-inducing drugs to patients at the CVS where she worked. For the majority of Strader's tenure there, she says CVS granted her a religious accommodation that allowed her to personally reject patients' requests for those prescriptions and instead refer them to a colleague or a different MinuteClinic. But, in August 2021, CVS Health revoked a previous policy regarding religious accommodations that ensured all employees' needs would be met, the suit says.
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(14,958 posts)
1. Refusing to prescribe an appropriate and *necessary* medication isn't just a reason to fire, it is
Sat Jan 14, 2023, 03:27 AM
Jan 2023

a reason to remove licensure. And make no mistake -- birth control can be both appropriate and necessary.

If your religious beliefs (or any other personal hangups) prevent you from performing your job to the profession's ethical and competency standards, you need to be thrown out of the fucking profession. Good fucking bye.


(42,541 posts)
12. It's a feature, not a bug.
Sat Jan 14, 2023, 10:03 AM
Jan 2023
Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) is a worldwide ministry of individuals working in all areas of pharmaceutical service and practice. Our mission is to serve Christ and the world through pharmacy.

Our core values are to:

Provide Godly encouragement and fellowship among like-minded professionals
Challenge and promote spiritual growth of members
Advance student chapter ministries to strengthen and equip student pharmacists
Encourage the advancement of knowledge and ethics in practice
Promote evangelism and the integration of faith into practice
Provide support and opportunities for Christian service and outreach


It's like right-wing lawyers client-shopping for that perfect florist or wedding planner to find a case that can go to the Supreme Court.

In It to Win It

(8,231 posts)
14. One answer to that question is that
Sat Jan 14, 2023, 11:46 AM
Jan 2023

groups like First Liberty Institute, a right wing “Christian” activist group, go out and search for plaintiffs to file their lawsuits in Forth Worth or Amarillo where they will for sure get batshit crazy right wing judges.

This one is filed in Forth Worth, which is where Judges Reed O’Connor and Mark Pittman are the only district judges - two partisan hack judges.


(153,138 posts)
6. she needs to get a job where her delusions don't impact her duties
Sat Jan 14, 2023, 03:50 AM
Jan 2023

Last edited Sat Jan 14, 2023, 05:02 AM - Edit history (1)

so sick of these sanctimonious assholes pushing their crap on thinking people


(46,067 posts)
9. If the CVS nurse refused to sell BC to a customer based on her religious beliefs,
Sat Jan 14, 2023, 07:08 AM
Jan 2023

then how is the customer's religious beliefs not being violated by being denied BC?


(6,707 posts)
10. There are already too many humans alive for the carrying capacity.
Sat Jan 14, 2023, 07:28 AM
Jan 2023

So her "solution" is sure just keep overpopulating.


(11,830 posts)
11. Even though I agree with
Sat Jan 14, 2023, 08:11 AM
Jan 2023

what you are saying, it takes away from the real argument that is outlined in post #1.

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