Illinois appeals court upholds pharmacists' conscience rights
September 26, 2012
An Illinois appeals court has affirmed the right of pharmacists not to sell abortifacient drugs.
The appeals court decision confirmed the ruling of a lower court, which had said that the state did not have the authority to compel pharmacists to offer the “morning-after” pill.
Mark Rienzi, a counsel for the Becket Fund, which had represented the pharmacists, said that the appeals court saw the matter as a religious-freedom issue. A state policy requiring pharmacists to violate their consciences, he said, was “religious discrimination, as surely as a fine on going to church.”