Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Good News! US Court Rules Pharmacists Must Have Rights of Conscience Respected

Lawyer says, “We forced the most pro-abortion Governor (Blagojevich) in the country to eat his words and to backtrack a long way."

From "US Court Rules Pharmacists Must Have Rights of Conscience Respected" by Hilary White, posted 10/17/07 at

ST. LOUIS, Illinois, October 17, 2007 ( – The rights of pharmacists and other health care professionals to refuse to dispense abortifacient drugs have taken a step forward, according to a statement from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). A long running dispute between the state of Illinois, pharmacy owners such as Walgreens and Walmart stores and several pharmacists who refused to dispense abortifacient drugs has resulted in an agreement that pharmacists must be allowed to opt out.

In 2005, Walgreens pharmacist Rich Quayle was suspended from his job and said he would look for other work rather than agree to dispense the morning after pill in accord with a recently passed law. In April 2005, Governor Rod Blagojevich said that the “right of conscience does not apply to pharmacists” and issued an edict attempting to force all pharmacists in the state to distribute the drugs.

Unfortunately this won't help pharmacy owners who do not wish to stock abortifacient drugs. A Morrison pharmacy owner is hoping the Illinois Supreme Court will protect his right of conscience.

Read the whole article.