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July 27, 2007

News Stories: One Stunning, One Stupid

The stunning news:

A career that spanned more than 25 years and brought Stuart Greenberg national renown as a forensic psychologist ended abruptly Wednesday when the Seattle therapist, recently under criminal investigation for voyeurism, committed suicide in a Renton motel.

Investigators have yet to confirm reports that Greenberg, who left two notes, overdosed on pills -- though friends and colleagues believe the true cause was shame.

Indeed, it is a shame, mostly because the man was not yet made to answer for his actions. I take no delight in this news. There is no justification for glee or nonchalance when such a drastic act is taken. I believe that Greenberg, a man who, apparently, abused his power (and enjoyed financial gain) while helping to convict the innocent or aquit the guilty, should have been held accountable. The comments in the P.I. 's Soundoff section suggest the man had more than a few victims.

Now for the stupid, which is brought to us courtesy of religious zealots posing as pharmacists. They have filed a lawsuit against the state for demanding that they do their jobs and dispense medications including Plan B, the emergency contraceptive:

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Seattle, a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists say the rule, which took effect Thursday, violates their civil rights by forcing them into "choosing between their livelihoods and their deeply held religious and moral beliefs."

I have a suggestion for these poseurs: choose your deeply held beliefs and get into another line of work -- the sooner the better. You'll be happier for it and so will Washington's women. And by the way, the civil rights that are being violated are those of your female customers.

The article doesn't mention the names of the plaintiffs but I'd be very surprised if this man isn't the pharmacy owner in question.

Posted by shoephone on July 27, 2007 at 02:07 AM in Washington Culture | Permalink

Comments

In addition to the obvious hypocrisy, the thing that strikes me as funny about this is that they're treating Plan B as though it were a form of abortion. It isn't. It's a contraceptive - in plain terms, sperm hasn't yet met egg, and won't if Plan B works as advertised. The pharmacy owner quoted in the story nevertheless thinks it's different from other forms of contraception. The man is apparently ignorant of medicine. At least the P-I article called him on it, almost.

Posted by: Cujo359 | Jul 27, 2007 10:04:29 AM

I'm with you, cujo - this has long been a beef of mine with these folks. How can a pharmacist continue to do their job when they're publicly announcing that they don't understand how the drugs they're dispensing work? Plan B isn't difficult to understand - it prevents fertilization of an egg; if the egg's fertilized, it has no effect. So for him to suggest that Plan B is "killing a fertilized egg" shows either gross ignorance or malicious deception, either of which should (IMO) cost him his license.

Posted by: switzerblog | Jul 27, 2007 1:55:15 PM

Even it it were an abortifacent, it's legal. If they won't dispense legal drugs, they're in the wrong business. A lot of Catholic pharmacists seem to be just fine with dispensing birth control pills.

Posted by: op99 | Jul 27, 2007 7:03:50 PM

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