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“Pro-life” pharmacy goes under

Virginia store shunned items like condoms and make-up


Just two years after it celebrated its opening with the blessing of a Catholic priest, a “pro-life” pharmacy in Virginia has gone belly up. The Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy in Chantilly was one of a few in the United States to peg its business model to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Accordingly, its shelves were free of condoms, porn, cigarettes, and even make-up. Turns out, though, that doesn’t leave a whole lot of stuff people actually want to buy.

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“Pro-life” pharmacy goes under

  1. Which of course goes a long way to explain why the pro-life crowd wants legislation to back their views, rather than just the will of the people.

    • Yes, that's right, the pro-life crowd is all about legislating against condoms, porn, cigarettes, and makeup.

      Ye old strawman. Always in demand by those who want to dodge the reality of what abortion actually is.

      • Oh dry up. Go back to reading "Capital Punishment Quarterly".

      • Calling themselves "pro-life" is sophistry. What they really are is "anti-abortion'. Pro-life is a positive spin on a group of people who want to dictate your morals to you.

  2. Perhaps Divine Mercy was doomed by its competition, or maybe, despite the Sunday Mass boosterism of the Divine Mercy business, Northern Virginia Catholics aren't as pro-life the rest of the week.

    Most peoples' convictions only last until they're inconvenienced by them.

  3. Well, it seems the people have spoken. I guess the "pro life" fanatics will have to return to shooting people and blowing up clinics to convince the sinners of the error of their ways. Hmm?

    • Keep in mind:

      A half-dozen similar pharmacies in such places as Louisiana, Florida and Indiana are faring just fine, said Karen Brauer, president of Pharmacists for Life International, a coalition of pharmacists who also have moral issues with the full array of services that their profession entails.

      Most of these are in rural areas that have little competition, but they're still making a go of it. A good part of the problem of the store in the article was that there were two other pharmacies in close proximity, including one in a big box store. Hard to convince people to take the extra time to make the 'moral' decision. Thus my comment above.

      Most peoples' convictions only last until they're inconvenienced by them.

      • That's not apples to apples though – it's just as likely that where no other options exist people hold their nose and buy from the only store around.

        • Agreed. But then we're talking here about a pharmacy that was placed near two other less 'moral' pharmacies. And people either choosing convenience over morality, or not really being that worried about being offended by some condoms.

          • "not really being that worried about being offended by some condoms. "

            Most likely that.

            Not to over-generalize but the description of the neighbourhood at the end of the WaPo article seemed a bit ethnically diverse for a Catholic-focused drug store. Apparently a lot of people didn't even know it was there. Slightly off-topic but (as always) it seems to me as if the god that athletes and rock stars like to thank for their wins and awards was really not helping these guys.

          • That's how it works. No one ever blames their deity for the horrible things that happen in society. At least the likes of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell are being consistent when they blame 9/11 on the gays. Religious folks just don't like to hear it; they forget about the Yewah of the Old Testament.

  4. I can understand why they'd avoid selling porn and condoms, but what the hell do cigarettes and makeup have to do with the teachings of the Catholic Church? If anything they ought to have been selling more of those than their competitors.

    • Or, at least, the bingo markers should be flying off the shelves…

      • And the whiskey.

        Actually now that I think about it this could be an awesome business venture. Supply everything that's good and drug-related: medical, booze, smokes – and eliminate the stuff that fosters mistreatment of women: porn and contraceptives.

        I'd shop there. Hell, I could live there.

        • Contraceptives foster the mistreatment of women how?

          • Salves the consciences of men who want to have sex without taking responsibility for the lives affected, leaving women with a string of broken relationships and either kids born out of wedlock or abortions when the contraceptives fail.

          • What a high opinion of women you have. Surely they get to choose which relationships they enter and how those relationships progress? If they choose not to have sex, or to abstain before they've entered a committed relationship, does that make them some kind of superwoman?

            Incidentally, are kids born 'out of wedlock' better off than, say, kids whose parents get divorced?

            And, are women forced to have abortions? Or, do they have multiple options which include abortion, adoption, and carrying the pregnancy to term?

            I am amazed by the power of contraceptives. Not only do they make men sex crazed maniacs, but they also turn women into empty shells, incapable of making decisions for themselves.

          • "Salves the consciences of men who want to have sex without taking responsibility for the lives affected"
            You're assuming such men give a damn whether the woman is using birth control or not – I don't see how that goes with the attitude you describe.

            Mistreatment, or physical abuse – if it is going to happen in a relationship – begins most often when a woman is pregnant. I think it is reasonable to assume that it is (if anything) more likely in the event that the pregnancy was unwanted. Therefore, contraceptives are more likely to decrease the maltreatment of women than the reverse.

    • Look, religion is used to tell people what to do. You can't be surprised when they come up for arbitrary rules for things. There's usually a reason that can be ferreted out of the Bible to justify whatever it is they don't want to you do today that they didn't have a problem with before. Specifically to your question:

      Makeup = Vanity
      Cigarettes = Polluting the body that Yewah gave you. Have some gratitude, would you?

      • I think you are confusing the Catholic Church with the Amish, or perhaps the medieval Puritans against whom Catholics fought a major war. Either way, it's clear that you haven't got the faintest clue what you're talking about.

        • That doesn't really refute any of what I said though, does it? That's just a drive-by.

          Perhaps you could point out which part of my post you disagree with? I can provide Bible references for my suggestions if you prefer?

      • Absolutely right. Spot on. The Bible and the teachings of Jesus have been grossly manipulated by organized religions; and used for power gain.

  5. Believe it or not, at one time the Catholic Church took a dim view of makeup and into the sixties women had to cover their heads when entering a church, why…who knows

    • As to the second, most Catholics do know.
      As to the first, society once took a dim view of makeup, but it had nothing to do with Catholic doctrine.

    • Hair – belief in its power goes back to Pagan times. Hair was believed to have an energy of its own, and it is sensual – see Samson and Delilah; and as patriarchy took over the female-based cultures, and women were degraded more and more – the magic of hair was seen to be "evil" and "seductive". So it was said that women must cover their heads lest they tempt the angels. Medusa is a result of this.

      Scottish custom held that girls must not brush their hair while fathers and brothers were at sea, in case they whipped up a storm; because their hair had that kind of power. Ultra-orthodox Jewish women had to shave their heads and wear wigs, I dont' think that's still the case though; and nuns had to shave their heads as well.

  6. lol!!!

  7. I hope the whole enterprise goes under! Who do they think they are?
    I'm sick and tired of the Catholic Church and all the harm they have done. What with the radical, extremest Muslims, the right wing protestant Bible thumpers, I am about ready to adopt atheism!

    • You don't have to adopt anything. Just let go of your superstitions and think critically. Remember, every one of us is a teapot atheist.

    • Try reading "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins.

  8. !A half-dozen similar pharmacies in such places as Louisiana, Florida and Indiana are faring just …."" brava!~
    this comment makes the most sense..

    I happened to know first hand a lady down there who supported that pharmacy's opening..
    as it would add to the growing number OF PEOPLE FOR LIFE… NOT DEATH.. my friend passed away with cancer at Christmas..
    from above I am sure she will pray for the growth of the Pro Life Movement.
    Why do so many people hate life?? Why do so many of you on these pages spew anger and angst against Life itself..

    The western world is dying.. there is no birth rate (replacement).
    I would humbly suggest that many of you take time out and do some factual research, even if you dont believe in God or catholic life beliefs.. do it for your own good.. and your own family..
    you will be much shocked to see what is coming down..
    You must might even understand why a Pharamacist for Life today in the US — has the courage to not sell 'non life goods' – thereby hurting his/her own pocket– These are the heroes of America …
    I forgive your awful hurtful comments made at those who believe in life..

    • – These are the heroes of America

      Seriously?!? THE heroes? You don't think there is anyone in the whole of the United States that may be more deserving of being called a hero before some pharmacist making moral judgments on behalf of his customers? No one? Wow.