A Pharmacist's Right To Choose

Divine Mercy Pharmacy in Chantilly, Virginia, will not distribute any form of contraception (including condoms, birth control pills, or emergency contraceptive pills) when it opens this summer. It's part of a recent trend of pro-life pharmacies that tout health-care workers' "right to conscience." Noting that there are a number of places where women can receive contraception, Robert Semler (pictured), who will run DMC Pharmacy, believes that the practice is "not threatening anybody," and that he is "just trying to serve a niche market of like-minded individuals." Maybe he's something of a conscientious objector. Then again, as Catherine Price writes on Salon's broadsheet:

The point of being a pharmacist isn't, as these people seem to think, to play God. It's to fill prescriptions. (In an ironic twist, some of the very same pharmacies that won't dispense birth control have no moral qualms about Viagra.) A garbage collector can't refuse to pick up beer bottles for recycling because he or she believes that drinking is wrong, just as toll collectors can't block people from getting on the highway because they're morally opposed to driving-at least not if they want to keep their jobs.

A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

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