Washington Pharmacists Fight for Religious Rights
A group of pharmacists in Washington state is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect their religious rights.
They're fighting a ruling that lets the state force them to dispense drugs that may cause abortions, even though that violates their conscience.
Last summer a panel of judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a federal ruling that found the state's rules violated the religious freedom of pharmacy owners.
The group, including a Ralph's Thriftway Pharmacy in Olympia and two other pharmacists, says requiring them to dispense the Plan B drug infringes on their religious beliefs and is equivalent to involving them in abortion.
Their attorney says emergency contraceptives are available at other nearby pharmacies.
Many pro-lifers consider Plan B an abortion drug because it can prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus.
Pharmacists in other states, like Louisiana and Illinois, have also fought similar battles opposing abortifacient drugs in defense of their conscience rights.