French pharmacist 'refused to sell contraceptives' to women
. . . this Frenchman is a conundrum, wrapped in a mystery, enveloped in an enigma.
"The region’s Family Planning clinic alerted the Order of Pharmacists to the problem after being contacted by a doctor who they worked with.
"We were contacted in January by a doctor whose clients had been refused prescribed contraceptives," said Annie Carrareto, manager of the Family Planning clinic in the Gironde region, told AFP.
The clinic sent two of its members to test the claim, and they too were refused an IUD and a morning-after pill, despite having prescriptions. "The employee then explained that his boss would not sell this type of product," said Carrareto."
It's his second time trying this maneuver! "In 1995, the pharmacist was fined 5,000 francs by the court of Bordeaux in 1995 for refusing to sell condoms and contraceptives.
At that time, he took his case unsuccessfully to the Court of Appeal, Court of Cassation and European Court of Human Rights. Local newspaper Sud-Ouest reported that the ECHR had stated that 'he could not invoke his religious beliefs to justify the refusal'"
So, he has religious reservations about birth control, right?
Nope. "Piton had on Wednesday told MetroNews that "it is not for religious reasons" that he refused to sell contraceptives, but did not explain his motive." Huh?
He's French, inscrutably French, I need not say more.