Pharmacists against emergency contraception to get trial — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily

Pharmacists against emergency contraception to get trial

Get PDF file

by on
in Human Resources

On Dec. 18, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit by two pharmacists who seek the right to refuse to dispense emergency contraception because of their religious beliefs.

Plaintiff Luke Vander Bleek has refused to stock or dispense Plan B, the “morning-after pill,” in any of his pharmacies in Morrison, Sycamore and Genoa. “I cannot follow my religion’s teachings and continue to be involved” in emergency contraception, he told The Associated Press.

Vander Bleek and co-plaintiff Glen Kosirog filed the lawsuit to challenge a 2005 executive order from Gov. Rod Blagojevich requiring all pharmacists in the state to dispense contraceptives, including the morning-after pill, under threat of license revocation.

The pharmacists seek protection under the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act, which prohibits discrimination based on a person’s refusal to participate in any form of health care because of religious convictions.

A Sangamon County Circuit Court dismissed the lawsuit in 2005, and an appellate court upheld the dismissal. The Supreme Court decision sent the case back to the circuit court.

Leave a Comment


Previous post:

Next post: