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LifeNews: Pharmacists in Illinois have won a final victory in a seven-year legal battle in which they have fought for the right not to have to dispense the Plan B drug, which may cause abortions in some instances.
Casey Mattox at Townhall: A court has recently stopped Illinois from enforcing a rule that denied freedom of conscience to pharmacists. This is a cause for celebration and an excellent legal win. But as the left reacts hysterically to the supposed lack of access to Plan B that will result, one pharmacist’s story perfectly demonstrates the fundamental flaw at the core of any effort to deny freedom of conscience: compelled violations of conscience won’t expand access, they’ll reduce it.
Religion Clause Blog: In Morr-Fitz, Inc. v. Quinn, (IL App., Sept. 20, 2012), an Illinois appellate court narrowed the scope of an injunction that had been issued by a trial court preventing enforcement of an Illinois State Pharmacy Board rule requiring pharmacies to dispense Plan B and other forms of emergency contraception. | Francis Manion has this report at the ACLJ website: Pharmacists’ Victory In Illinois Caps Seven-Year Fight for Conscience Rights
Casey Mattox: “Victory for Rights of Conscience in Illinois as Another Planned Parenthood Lie Is Exposed”
ADF attorney Casey Mattox at the Speak Up Movement Blog: In a major victory for the rights of conscience of medical professionals (and others), yesterday an Illinois Circuit Court struck down an Illinois regulation requiring pharmacists to sacrifice their sincere religious and moral objections and dispense “emergency contraceptives” like Plan B (“the morning after pill”) – and now Ella (the “week after pill”) if they have them in stock.
Eugene Volkh at the Volokh Conspiracy: The opinion, by an Illinois trial court, is at Morr-Fitz, Inc. v. Blagojevich (Apr. 5, 2011). The rule is 68 Ill. Admin. Code § 1330.500(e)-(h); the court concluded that it violated the Illinois Healthcare Right of Conscience Act, the Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Free Exercise Clause. I’m inclined to be skeptical of the court’s decision under the Free Exercise Clause . . . But the decision under the Illinois Healthcare Right of Conscience Act seems to me to be quite solid . . . And the decision under the Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act also strikes me as correct
LifeNews: The American Center for Law and Justice today secured a sweeping victory for pro-life pharmacy owners in Illinois after a legal battle lasting six years. A state court in Illinois issued a decision striking down a state law that compels pharmacy owners to dispense Plan B and other forms of emergency contraception, even if doing so violates their religious or moral beliefs.
Illinois Court enjoins rule requiring pharmacists to distribute “emergency contraception” in violation of conscience