Another pharmacy has reportedly refused to sell emergency contraception to a man for no other reason than his gender.
The Jersey City Independent reports that Andrew Andrade, 25, tried to purchase Plan B at a Rite Aid in Jersey City. Andrade, a graduate student, went to pick up the emergency contraception since his girlfriend works full-time and his schedule is more flexible during daytime hours.
The Rite Aide involved claims they refused to cell the emergency contraception to Andrade because he did not have proper identification. But just after he was denied his purchase at the Rite Aid Andrade went to another pharmacy, with the same identification, and was able to purchase it there.
Andrade has now retained the American Civil Liberties Union to represent him in a claim against the pharmacy. The NJ chapter of the ACLU sent a letter asking for the Pennsylvania-based national chain demanding they apologize to Andrade for refusing to sell him emergency contraception based on his gender and seeking corrective action for its employees’ violations of FDA guidelines and New Jersey’s anti-discrimination laws.
“This pharmacy’s refusal to sell emergency contraception to men flouts the FDA’s clear guidelines that anyone who is at least 17 years old and has valid ID can make these purchases and it amounts to discrimination,” said Deputy Director Jeanne LoCicero, who sent the letter yesterday on behalf of Andrade. “Pharmacists and other staff do not have the personal discretion to interfere with the fundamental rights surrounding some of the most intimate decisions a person can make,” she added.
The ACLU has represented others in similar claims of gender discrimination involving pharmacies who have refused to sell emergency contraception to men, most recently in Georgia and Alabama. There are limits on an individual’s free exercise of religious beliefs, and those limits should include denying individuals access to legal and safe medication and contraception.
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