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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 04/ 7/2010

No birth control pharmacy in Va. closes

By Washington Post editors

A Chantilly pharmacy that opened in October 2008 with the promise not to sell contraceptives has closed, The Washington Times reports.

When it opened, Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy was one of at least seven pharmacies in the country refusing to sell contraceptives.

Robert Laird, executive director of DMC, says the store closed March 4 because it was losing tens of thousands of dollars a month.

The business was located next to a Catholic bookstore with two Catholic parishes nearby. But Laird says it had trouble attracting regular customers.

He says closing the pharmacy “was like a funeral.”

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By Washington Post editors  | April 7, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Birth control, Divine Mercy, Pharmacies  
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Theology and capitalism do not mix...

Posted by: dcdoug | April 7, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Well Said dcdoug.

Posted by: JoeMck | April 7, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

No surprise here. I remember the priests at church all excited about the opening of this pharmacy. I just thought to myself, I wonder how long will this place stay open? I now have the answer.

Posted by: missingwisc | April 7, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

This failure is as it should be.

Posted by: mbrumble | April 7, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Aw. What a shame. "Divine Mercy"... puh-leeeze. Gimme a break.

Who are the Catholics to preach to anyone? You're there to provide a service & sell products to customers. Not to stand in judgment like you're the flippin' Virgin Mary or whatever.

Posted by: uncivil | April 7, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

HURRAY!!!!!!!!!! It was a dumb business model

Posted by: asmith1 | April 7, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse


It was a dumb business model

Posted by: asmith1 | April 7, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

People go to pharmacies for medicine, not evangelism. Any pharmacy that refuses to sell contraceptives deserves to fail. When will people learn that they can't impose their morals on others? I think the people of Chantilly and the surrounding area made a strong statement by not supporting this misguided individual. This was a foolish idea and I'm glad he lost his backside as a result!

Posted by: pd3310 | April 7, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Dear Unciv:

Whether you like or not, health care is not just a service, in the same way you might contract for a plumber or electrician or auto mechanic to perform a service on your house or care . Health care is about the person seeking guidance or treatment, either to correct a malady or detect a potential problem in time. Which is a short way of stating, pharmacists are no different than medical doctors or others who practice a profession that involves the most basic question: what is a human being? If you believe humans can and should be treated like animals, then I agree, give those animals whatever they need to get well. But neither contraceptives , nor RU 486, nor Plan B, nor intrauterine devices nither correct a health problem nor reduce symptoms. Contraceptive birth control pills having nothing natural or restorative about them( they are actually synthetic steroids- something denied to athletes) and contraceptive devices are prescribed when the human reproductive system is working well and and is judged healthy, not when the reproductive system is malfunctioning. So, any licensed pharmacist or medical doctor has every obligation to consider whether or not he or she will either prescribe them or dispense them. It has NOTHING to do whether a patient wants them or thinks she or he has some sort of concocted right to a particular service. So sorry, you are misguided and dead wrong. Oh, by the way , I practice family medicine in the state of virginia.

Posted by: quovadislifecoach | April 8, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

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