Illinois Pharmacy Owners have emerged victorious after six years of litigation against the state of Illinois edict compelling them to dispense the morning after pill.
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.