They have this problem all over the place in the US. Pharmacists refusing to hand over the morning after pill. Of course this story covers the very very nice end of the spectrum - the couple in question actually do feel in some way ready to have a child. Elsewhere is isn't going to be so pretty. It's going to be teenagers too afraid and intimidated to seek help elsewhere. It's going to be women who are physically handicapped and have been advised not to have children as it might jeopardise their own health. Its going to be people having treatments for other illnesses which are likely to harm the child. And its going to be people who for whatever reason do not want to have children, who don't feel they're ready for children. And the children will suffer too.
The pharmacist has I think broken the law by not offering information on where else to go for the drugs. Also insisting that the reason for refusing the pills is "high morals"?! I have "high morals" and among them is I think people have the right to chose what medication they take for themselves.
Of course the article only bothers interviewing the woman cos as we all know girls - its our own fault if we get pregnant isn't it? Men have nothing to do with pregnancy whatsoever!
Weirdly at the same time, thanks to increased traffic on here after I was listed in the britblog round-up of UK blogs, people are arguing that pregnant women (and women who MIGHT get pregnant) should be excluded from the job market! And then we discover that women who try to avoid getting pregnant are refused the help they are entitled to. To the untrained eye it might look as if it had very little to do with "high morals" or "economic rational" and everything to do with deep-seated wide-spread misogyny.