I reported in June that a pro-life pharmacy would be opening soon in Chantilly, VA.
Well, today’s the big day. Reports Washington Times:

When Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy opens Tuesday… there will be no birth-control pills, condoms, cigarettes or pornographic magazines. There will, however, be booklets on natural family planning.
DMC Pharmacy is one of the country’s few “pro-life pharmacies” that refuse to dispense contraceptives on moral and health grounds, arguing that they cause abortions, lead to promiscuity or endanger a woman’s health.

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“Birth control is not health care,” said Robert Laird (pictured right), executive director of DMC, the Fairfax nonprofit that will own and operate the 1,500-square-foot store at 13945 Metrotech Dr. “We are catering to a special niche of people who like the pro-life message in their business.”…

If people want contraceptives, he said, there are two other stores in Sully Plaza that stock them. Robert Semler, the pharmacist in charge, will not direct people on where to find such stores.
“People can look it up,” Mr. Laird said….
Stores like the DMC Pharmacy are on the cusp of a national debate over the rights of pro-life pharmacists versus a marketplace that seeks birth control.
VA has no law mandating pharmacies to sell contraceptives, although nine states, including MA, CA, NJ, IL and WA, have enacted laws requiring pharmacists to either fill the prescription or direct the customer elsewhere….
“The birth-control pill has gained a social importance above a lot of other drugs that are more important to save lives,” [Karen Brauer, head of Pharmacists for Life International] said. “There is a bunch of drugs that women need that pharmacists don’t carry. This is the only drug pharmacists are forced to order in. Other than antidotes, pharmacies are not required to stock anything.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America did not return a call asking for comment on the pharmacy, but its VA affiliate has run an alert on its Web site, www.naralva.org, saying, “Birth control is basic health care for women.” It urges a boycott of the DMC store, contending that “a pharmacy that doesn’t respect your choices doesn’t deserve your business.”…

No, contraceptives are not “basic health care for women.” There is nothing healthy about contraceptives. Birth control pills are synthetic female steroids that wreak havoc on women’s bodies. The contraceptive mentality exploits women. And, of course, hormonal contraceptives and the IUD can stop a 5-9 day old embryo from implanting in his or her mother’s uterus, i.e., abort the young preborn.
I encourage pro-lifers in the vicinity, even if not in your neighborhood, to give your business to DMC Pharmacy. Make it flourish. Closed the Washington Times article:

“It won’t be just a Catholic pharmacy,” [ob/gyn Dr. John Bruchalski, president and chairman of DMC’s board] said. “It’s trying to build a culture of life. We want to let the market decide if we are worthy of support and trust and not anyone’s social agenda. I believe there are a significant number of people who have tolerated this slowly encroaching culture of brokenness. When given an option, they will actually choose something other.”

[Photo courtesy of the Washington Times]

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