Court Rules Christian Washing State Pharmacy To Sock ‘Morning After’ Pill
The owner claims that the pill is against his religious beliefs, and he wants nothing to do with any abortions stemming from the Plan-B pill.
“The rules are rationally related to Washington’s legitimate interest in ensuring that its citizens have safe and timely access to their lawful and lawfully prescribed medications,” -Judge Susan Graber
According to the Christian News Network, the problem started in 2006 when people started to request Plan-B pills from Ralph’s Thriftway and were told that none were available. Kevin Stormans, the pharmacy’s owner, started to receive complaints from local shoppers. Shortly after the Washington Board of Pharmacy then launched an investigation.
A year later, in 2007, the state passed regulations that required pharmacies to stock the morning after pill. Stormans decided to take immediate action and filed suit against the state regulation. A federal court ruled in favor of Ralph’s Thriftway.
The problem didn’t end there. The debate was then to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the ruling of stocking Plan-B was enforced.
Stormans states that there are 33 pharmacies within 5 miles of his store that people can go to for the drug. He adds that he is greatly disappointed that the court and state demand to violate his family’s conscience.
“All we are asking is to be able to live out the beliefs that we hold, as Americans have always been able to do, and to be able to refer patients for religious reasons, as the medical and pharmaceutical associations overwhelmingly recommend,”
Kristen Waggoner From the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is fighting in the pharmacy’s defense. He agrees that the ruling was unjust.
“No one should be forced to choose between their religious convictions and their family businesses and livelihoods, particularly when the state allows referrals for just about any other reason,” she commented in a statement. “The premier medical and pharmaceutical associations all support the right of a provider to refer patients, and all other states allow such referrals.”
It is likely that the decision is to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Article: Christian News