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March 29, 2005


Patrick R. Sullivan

Just when I think Krugman couldn't get any sillier, I read:

"Yesterday The Washington Post reported on the growing number of pharmacists who, on religious grounds, refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control or morning-after pills. These pharmacists talk of personal belief; but the effect is to undermine laws that make these drugs available."

I'd forgotten all about the part of the Constitution that enrolled pharmacists in the law enforcement apparatus.


My runnner-up bit for "Huh?" was this:

And it won't stop there. There is a nationwide trend toward "conscience" or "refusal" legislation. Laws in Illinois and Mississippi already allow doctors and other health providers to deny virtually any procedure to any patient. Again, think of how such laws expose doctors to pressure and intimidation.

Ok, I am thinking, but I am drawing a blank. Is this even more intimidating than picketing abortion clinics and shooting at the doctors? I doubt it. And I I certainly deplore that behavior - I'm just wondering, how is this law even an issue?

On abortion services, the Alan Guttmacher Institute says this:

In that year, 34% of women aged 15-44 lived in the 87% of counties with no provider, and 86 of the nation's 276 metropolitan areas had no provider.

...the proportion of counties without a provider increased from 77% in 1978 to 86% in 1996.

From another AGI study, roughly 24% of women travel over 50 miles for an abortion (in both 1996 and 2000).

And *now* Krugman tells us?

Patrick R. Sullivan

A terrible tragedy this; his intellect has passed into a permanent vegetative state, kept 'alive' by Robin Wells dripping, dripping, dripping....ideas into it.

Would a John Bates Clark medal holder really want to live like this? Withdraw the tube.


Paul Krugman has a point.

Next thing you know there will be political pundits having shoes thrown at them, then food like salad dressing. I can even imagine protests of political parties where the protestors try to seize the offices. Even gunshots fired at the same party's offices.

Yes, Paul Krugman has a point. Unfortunately, he's got it backwards.

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