When pharmacist Pat McNerney quit his job at an Arizona pharmacy in 2004 because he no longer felt he could dispense birth-control pills, the decision upended his family’s comfortable life. 

But when everything settled, they were living out their pro-life Catholic convictions at their own independent pharmacy by not selling contraceptives. 

“I ended up moving and selling my house, leaving my job and taking a job in a niche pharmacy making [intravenous] solutions for people at home so I didn’t have to worry about [dispensing birth control] at all,” said McNerney about his transition to opening Ave Maria Pharmacy in Prescott, Arizona, in 2008.  “Once you decide you’re going to follow God’s plan, he starts putting things in place for you.”

Pharmacists and pharmacy owners such as McNerney, who object to dispensing and selling birth-control pills and/or other contraceptives, take a very visible stand usually for moral or religious reasons and can face scrutiny from patients, the community and sometimes state leaders. 

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