The 2005 Blagojevich edict forcing pharmacists to dispense the morning after pill and all other birth control drugs without question or delay, suffered a second defeat, this time in appellate court. In 2011 the trial court had found that the law was invalid because it targeted a specific group, and that Illinois law prohibits discrimination in licensing those who cannot provide a particular service due to religious beliefs.
This lawsuit, which passed its second review, was the one involving pharmacy owners, Luke VanderBleek and Glenn Kosirog. Another lawsuit, which ended in favor of conscientious objectors, involved employee pharmacists in the same state.
The Appellate court opinion is available HERE.
VanderBleek and Kosirog have been represented since 2005 by attorneys of the ACLJ and the Becket Fund.
Stossel, now working at FOX, made this admission while interviewing Andrew Breitbart.
Pharmer has the inside track on something that FOX News has not been eager to cover: stories containing the admission that birth control pills can operate by stopping the life of an early human embryo. Fox News reporters would call for interviews dealing with this issue time and time again, take down information, then never call back. At that time, other news networks, newspapers and radio were still permitted to deal with this subject. It was also covered on the O’Reilly Factor elsewhere on the FOX network.
More recently, FOX was able to mention that pharmacists were resisting the Blagojevich order forcing them to dispense all birth control pills in 2005, but we can’t find this year’s Illinois Judicial decision in favor of the pharmacy owners on their network. Maybe it’s buried somewhere deep.
Not to worry, the real news is on the internet now, and the New Media have taken up this story, and many others which the Old Media will not cover.
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.
This comes shortly after the approval of a new morning after pill, Ella, which is an analog of RU486, mifepristone.
Francis J Manion of the ACLJ, and Mark Rienzi, of Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law teamed up as counsel to the pharmacy owners.
Deposed Governor Blagojevich’s original order addressing individual pharmacists had previously been overturned.
Judge Belz noted that the government had made no effort to advance it’s supposed interest in supplying morning after pills to women prior to April 2010, and had specifically targeted pharmacists of conscience and their religious beliefs.
Pharmacists for Life International has stored the original letter from Blagojevich which threatened pharmacists with loss of their license to practice if they did not dispense the morning after pill and all other hormonal birth control products and contraceptives upon demand.
The coverage in the Chicago Tribune is very brief, does not mention the newest morning after pill, and does not mention that the original order to the pharmacists was for them to dispense all drugs labeled as “contraceptives” though most are misbranded. It does mention an expected (hoped for) appeal to the case.
Driving home from work on the morning of Dec 9, 08, Pharmer smiled big at the news of Blagojevich’s arrest, for selling the senate seat of Obama. It was a reflexive response to the comeuppance of this governor who had issued an edict to force the pro-life pharmacists of his state to violate their consciences, or leave practice.
The prolife attorneys defending the vocations of above mentioned pharmacists were not shocked at Blagojevich’s turn of fortune. Recalling one comment: Now he’ll have more time to take our depositions. Maybe he’ll even be happy to see us.
The same thing happened this year after the H1N1 panic. Vaccine became widely available only after the flu had abated.
Interested in obtaining the vaccine waned when it became apparent that the panic was overblown, and as usual, the CDC and other government advisory groups had little knowledge about this strain of flu virus.
What’s left is the usual government waste: almost 70 million unused H1H1 flu vaccine doses.
Note that the above linked article pretends to have a figure of U.S. deaths caused by H1N1 virus. That number is actually unknown.
From the memory division of the Pharm, here’s a blast from the 2004/2005 flu season when the fears of shortage drove Illinois governor Blagojevich to order unapproved vaccines from Europe, which were eventually wasted..
Yes, it’s just a little reminder that Rod is not to be forgotten for his silence thus far regarding the planned sale of one genuine, Illinois Senate Seat. A strong display of gratitude from the White House is still expected