Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Wal-Mart Woes

I am a bit confused about a recent article that I read regarding one of our nation's largest distributors. It appears that in Massachusetts Wal-Mart is being forced to make emergency birth control pills available to its consumers. State policy in Mass. indicates that failure to comply with this law is, well, illegal.

I find that difficult to believe. To me, it's absurd that state governments can force businesses (in particular the pharmaceutical branch of Wal-Mart) to sell a product that the owners of Wal-Mart obviously disagree with selling. Whatever happened to sole-proprietorship? Why cannot American business owners sell or refuse to sell whatever products they desire within reason? I find it very disturbing to think that our government has the ability to force the sell of items that often are not necessities.

Some one may argue that if a woman were raped, then she should have a right to such pills; therefore, Wal-Mart should be forced to sell them. I disagree because rapes only constitute about 1% of abortions in America meaning that such a case is minute. By no means am I belittling the seriousness of survivors of rape nor am I being insensitive. Nevertheless, I strongly believe that forcing a large corporation to sell such a product is a gross misuse of state governmental power.

1 Comments:

At 9:08 PM, Blogger republican brother said...

See what happens when your successful in America? The only people that should tell WalMart what they should sell is Walmart themselves. It's pretty freaky when big brother tries to control private enterprise. It sends a bad signal. In the era of competetion, if a woman wants birth control pills, she could go to a diffrent store and sell it. A business is suppose to sell products to make a profit not because of a government mandate.

 

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