London, May 24 : A Muslim pharmacist is under fire for refusing to sell a couple emergency contraception because it was against his religious beliefs.
Chris Mellett and Kaye Walsh went to a Sainburys chemist to buy the morning-after pill but were told they couldn't have it, because the pharmacist didn't agree with it.
"I'm a 36-year-old woman, not a child. I respect other people's religions, but when it affects my life it's not on," the Daily Star quoted recruitment worker Kaye, as saying.
"Surely the pharmacist has a duty of care? If relig-ion comes into it he should change his job," she added.
Pro-choice groups are furious that the chemist left Kaye and Chris in the lurch.
Marie Stopes spokesman Anne Quesney said: "We're outraged. It is not up to any practitioner or pharmacist to impose their own beliefs on their patients."
A spokeswoman for Sainsburys said all its pharmacists were governed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
The society's ethics code says if the morning-after pill is against a pharmacist's personal, religious or moral beliefs they are within their rights not to supply it.