Pharmacy Refused To Sell The Pill, Condoms, Porn — And Closed

Birth control pills. Condoms. Porn. Cigarettes.

What do these things have in common other than indicators of a good time (except for, uh, the cigarettes)? They were all banned products at Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy, a Catholic pharmacy in Chantilly, Virginia, that went out of business in March. DMC Pharmacy, which opened in October 2008, refused to sell the Pill or condoms “on the grounds they caused abortions, lead to promiscuity or endangered a woman’s health,” according to The Washington Times. Wow, what a bunch of hooey. Condoms and the Pill are actually protecting women from STDs/STIs and potentially dangerous unintended pregnancies.Anyway, instead of contraception, the pharmacy offered customers “booklets on natural family planning.” (Um, abstinence? Playing Russian Roulette with Babies ‘R Us?) But it turns out a pharmacy cannot keep itself afloat on “natural family planning booklets” and packs of gum alone. Robert Laird, executive director of DMC, told The Washington Post the pharmacy was located next to a Catholic bookstore and had two Catholic churches nearby, but it struggled to get customers. The pharmacy lost tens of thousands of dollars a month before it finally closed.

What’s a good takeaway for the folks behind DMC Pharmacy? Learn the basic lesson of supply/demand: step off trying to control women’s (and men’s) bodies and sexuality, because peeps are not having it. [Washington Times, NBC Washington, Washington Post]

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