The Council of Europe on October 7, 2010 adopted a resolution entitled The right to conscientious objection in lawful medical care. It calls for respecting healthcare workers' right to conscientious objection. This right is exercised in Poland by doctors, yet pharmacists, mainly working in Polish pharmacies, are denied it.
Pharmacists are forced to sell drugs that destroy human fertility or kill the human embryo at the beginning of its existence. It is a serious form of discrimination that Polish pharmacists are deprived of the right to invoke conscientious objection. This is also contrary to The Code of Ethics of Apothecary, where in paragraph 3 it is stated that the mission of a pharmacist is to cooperate in the protection of life and health and to prevent diseases, as well as contrary to paragraph 4 which says that a pharmacist must have the freedom to act according to his or her conscience.
Therefore we ask all people of good will to support the right of pharmacists to freedom of choice and to refuse to promote and sell products destroying fertility and human life at its beginning.Stowarzyszenie Farmaceutów Katolickich Gdańsk Human Life International Polska
DECLARATION OF SUPPORT FOR THE RIGHT
TO CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION FOR PHARMACISTS
I declare my support for pharmacists to take full advantage of the right of conscientious objection regarding the sale of products destroying human life and human fertility.
I strongly oppose the imposition on pharmacists or pharmacies of the obligation to sell these products. Imposing such obligations is an expression of the kind of pressure and discrimination, which the Council of dated 7 October 2010 expressly prohibited. It is also contrary to the Code of Ethics of a Pharmacist (paragraph 3), where it is stated that the mission of a pharmacist is to cooperate in the protection of life and health and to prevent diseases, as well as contrary to paragraph 4 saying that a pharmacist must have the freedom to act according to his or her conscience.
Every pharmacist or pharmacy owner must, in accordance with their conscience and the Code of Ethics of an Apothecary, have freedom of choice regarding the sale of these products as well as stocking them in their own pharmacy.