Wednesday, April 6, 2011

excellent rights of conscience ruling

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. Addressing claims brought by individual pro-life pharmacists who own small family pharmacies in Illinois, the Court held that this rule violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment as well as the Illinois Health Care Rights of Conscience Act and Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The decision in this case, handled by our friends at the American Center for Law & Justice and Catholic University Law Professor Mark Rienzi, is a significant win for conscience and a blow for the abortion lobby that is fighting to force medical professionals to sacrifice their conscience in return for their licenses.

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