LifeSiteNews — Two pharmacists in Illinois who disputed a law ordering their pharmacies to dispense the morning after pill, won a seven-year-long legal battle last Friday.
According to the Associated Press, Luke VanderBleek and Glen Kosirog sought religious exemption from a 2005 executive order which dictated all pharmacists must fill out prescriptions for the Morning After Pill.
An injunction by a lower court ruled in favor of the two men that state law “protects the pharmacist’s decision not to dispense emergency contraceptives due to their conscience.”
The Illinois Right of Conscience Act gives pharmacists the right to refuse dispensing certain items, the pharmacists argued. Frances Manion, their attorney and senior counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, said the law “provides the broadest protections for the right of conscience of healthcare professionals of any law in the country.”
This ruling by the 4th district Appellate court does not give exemption to pharmacists state wide, the Chicago Tribune reports, but Manion said the precedent will protect others. “This is plenty, because the precedent that this will set in the state of Illinois means that the state is not going to go after a pharmacist that exercises conscientious objection when they know the court has ruled this way in this case,” he said. “We’re very happy about it.”Continue Reading on www.lifesitenews.com