A new Pregnancy Centers radio ad urges women to reconsider Plan B.
It was late spring when Kim Simmons approached the Kmart
pharmacy seeking the over-the-counter emergency contraceptive Plan
B. In her 40s and the mother of a 22-year-old son, Simmons says she
and her boyfriend practiced safe sex but had experienced a prior
night condom failure that Simmons feared could put her health in
"If I become pregnant, it could kill me," says Simmons, citing
an existing medical condition.
What began as mild embarrassment over the $40 purchase soon
turned to anger as the pharmacist on duty refused to ring up her
"He said, 'I'm not going to sell it to you,'" Simmons recalls of
pharmacist Kevin Wright, who, Simmons says, described himself as a
"He told me there were plenty of other stores I could get it,"
says Simmons, who left Kmart and purchased the drug across the
street at Kroger. Months later, however, she remains outraged.
"He was trying to control my body," says Simmons. "I would never
want to have an abortion, but by him denying me [Plan B], I could
have been faced with that decision."
Citing corporate policy, Wright declined comment, but according
to Illinois-based Kmart corporate spokesperson Kimberly Freely,
Kmart– like other pharmacies– allows its pharmacists to decline the
sales of any medications to which they object on moral or religious
grounds as long as they direct the customer to a another pharmacist