In Sangamon County, Circuit Court Judge John Belz ruled that Illinois pharmacists can’t be forced to dispense the morning after pills against their own ethical standards and religious beliefs.
Opponents promise to immediately challenge this ruling, but Atty. Francis J. Manion, ACLJ senior counsel, who represented the conscientiously objecting pharmacists notes that the court ruling addresses specific arguments for which the Illinois state attorneys were not able to provide evidence. For example, they were not able to argue that a single woman had been prevented from obtaining her morning after pills by a pharmacist who would not personally provide them. For that reason, an appeal on their part will likely be a waste of Illinois’ negative financial resources.
The Illinois edict, which was overturned in the circuit court, had basically been designed by Planned Parenthood, and this is the case for many other unconstitutional state laws opposing the human rights of health care professionals.
The article linked addresses the battle over conscience rights in numerous other states, including Wisconsin, Washington, where the pharmacists are in trouble, and in several more states which have recently supported pharmacists of conscience.
Scroll down in this blog to see the prescriber information for Plan B, which clearly contradicts the false premise of the Wisconsin regulations, forcing pharmacists to dispense Plan B (as well as all other hormonal birth control). Expect a new legal battle to erupt in that state as the pharmacy owners are forced to apply the legislation and fire conscientiously objecting pharmacists. Wisconsin’s legislation targeting the pharmacists was hidden in budget bills by the democrat legislature, and passed without much notice. The newer state government might find cost containment benefits in rescinding the legislation.
The legal battle is ongoing in the state of Washington, which the pro-abortion Governor Gregoire and her Board of Pharmacy might drive all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It might be the crowning achievement of their careers.