Debate on a bill requiring Wisconsin pharmacists to dispense legal birth control. The bill requires every pharmacist licensed in the state to dispense a valid prescription for any legal contraceptive, and defines "abortion" to exclude any form of FDA approved contraceptive. Dr. Elizabeth Pritts, a Madison fertility doctor, testified in favor. "There are some that have suggested that because birth control pills could potentially interfere with a fertilized eggs implantation into the wall of the uterus, that birth control pills could cause abortion," said Pritts. "There is not one legitimate medical association in the U.S. that supports this mistaken notion."
The bill is "unconscionable," in the view of Nora Schuman, a Brookfield occupational therapist. "Nobody goes into any medical profession with the intent of causing harm," said Schuman. "You are forcing them (pharmacists) to do something that can terminate a child." The Senate committee on Health heard testimony on the Birth Control Protection Act on Wednesday, but took no action on the measure.