#1 WONDERFUL news...not only for Catholic Pharmacists and pharmacy students, but for RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN GENERAL!! I wrote about this a few months back (read it here) but the decision has now been FINALIZED...OMG OMG OMG I am so excited that good things are happening in terms of conscience rights and religious liberty. Now, we just have to overthrow Obamacare and my happiness will be complete!
Read the full article below or simply read the excerpts underneath. Basically: Catholic/Christian pharmacists or any pharmacists who believe in the sanctity of human life, are no longer obliged under Illinois Law to dispense Plan B, which is an abortifacient. For 7 long years, the law was that a pharmacist COULD NOT REFUSE to dispense/sell this drug to ANY PATIENT who wanted to purchase it at the pharmacy counter. Oh, and this drug is available without a prescription for 17+ year olds. It's as easy as walking up to the pharmacy counter.
Conscience Victory in Final Illinois Pharmacist Ruling
Religious-liberty advocates hail the end of a seven-year legal battle against provision of abortion drugs as a major triumph for conscience rights.
This decision is a great victory for religious freedom,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which has represented the pharmacists in the case for several years.
Pharmacists who did not comply with the rule were threatened with fines and the loss of professional licenses. The governor did not allow a religious exemption to the rule, saying that pharmacists who were morally opposed to the drug should find a different profession.
^^^ (Isn't this outrageous and unthinkable and scary??? O my Lord!!! stupid governor Blagojevich...oh well, he's in jail now anyways. Ha)
Several pharmacists and pharmacies that morally object to cooperating in the destruction of human life filed a lawsuit challenging the rule.
The suit argued that the rule violated state religious-liberty laws, health-care conscience protections and the religious-freedom guarantees in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
It charged that the rule unfairly discriminated against health-care professionals seeking to contribute to society according to their principles by forcing them to choose between their constitutionally protected rights and their livelihood.
#2 The offending drug
Plan B aka emergency contraception, which causes abortion of a newly formed human embryo, after its conception.
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Yours in Christ,