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Wal-Mart, Kroger Plan B policies slammed

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

A national reproductive rights group presses the Wal-Mart and Kroger chains to make Plan B emergency contraception available at all their stores regardless of whether employees at the facilities oppose dispensing the drug. NARAL Pro-Choice America is supporting women who were refused access to Plan B at stores where the product was stocked - a Rome, Ga., Kroger in December and a Columbus, Ohio, Wal-Mart in January. While Kroger says it allows operators of individual stores to decide whether to make any product available, Wal-Mart said in March 2006 it would stock Plan B at all of its stores. NARAL says it organized a news conference March 9 in Atlanta to announce a Georgia campaign to raise awareness about EC and ask Kroger and other pharmacies to make Plan B available. The organization also is conducting an online campaign asking for letters "urging [Wal-Mart President and CEO H. Lee Scott Jr.] to improve company policy to require Wal-Mart pharmacies to fulfill requests for Plan B"...

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