Letter: An oath or an order?

Governor Rod Blagojevich’s executive order requiring pharmacists to fill morning-after pill prescriptions collides with – and should not override – a pharmacist’s professional oath.

That oath, in place by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy since 1983, states the pharmacist will “consider the welfare of humanity and the relief of human suffering my primary concerns,” and “will maintain the highest principles of moral, ethical and legal conduct.”

The moral concern with the morning after pill is that it may kill a newly created human being, i.e. cause an abortion.

The dictionary states that an oath is a “solemn statement of the inviolability of one’s word.”

Our governor took an oath to the State of Illinois before he could execute any order. He should not be allowed to turn around and trample the professional oath or religious beliefs and consciences of Illinois pharmacists – or the human beings they are trying to protect.

Karen Hayes

State Director

Illinois Chapter

Concerned Women for America