Pharmacists free from 'Morning-After Pill' madness

The American Center for Law and Justice has had a sweeping victory for pro-life pharmacy owners in Illinois after a legal battle lasting six years.  On 5 April 2011 the state court decreed that pharmacy owners were not longer compelled to dispense the “morning after pill”.  What great news!

Two brave pharmacy owners, Luke VanderBleek and Glenn Kosirog, took their concerns to court and Judge John W Belz of the circuit court sitting in Springfield declared that the state law violated the state’s Health Care Right of Conscience Act, the Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and the Free Exercise of Religion Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  

Many of you may not be aware that here in Queensland (and no doubt elsewhere in Australia) the guidelines for the pharmacists dictate that they must either supply the “morning after pill” or tell anyone requesting it where they can obtain it.

This is nonsense as there is no onus on the pharmacist if he doesn’t carry a certain line of cosmetics, headache tablets or foot cream where they can go to obtain those so why is the destructive and carcinogenic “morning after pill” singled out for special treatment?

What happens in America often happens over here — in this case one can hope so and agitate for the same!