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-9th Circuit Ruling: Pharmacists Must Serve Abortifacients

by Dr. D ~ July 25th, 2015

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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that pharmacists must serve the public with ‘emergency contraceptives’ (abortifacients) even if it is against their religious convictions and beliefs.  Here’s the story from Reuters:

The state of Washington can require a pharmacy to deliver medicine even if the pharmacy’s owner has a religious objection, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, the latest in a series of judgements on whether religious believers can opt out of providing services.

The ruling, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, came in a case filed by pharmacists who objected to delivering emergency contraceptives. The 9th Circuit overturned a lower court that had said the rules were unconstitutional.  …

In Washington, the state permits a religiously objecting individual pharmacist to deny medicine, so long as another pharmacist working there provides timely delivery. The rules require a pharmacy to deliver all medicine, even if the owner objects.

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Response: This ruling will undoubtedly be appealed. There is no guarantee that SCOTUS will pick it up but the chances are good since a lower court ruled differently.

Pharmacists may join bakers and wedding service providers as occupations and businesses that may bar Christians who do not wish to compromise on their closely held religious beliefs. There is also the real possibility that some pharmacists in the future may opt for civil disobedience.            *Top

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2 Responses to -9th Circuit Ruling: Pharmacists Must Serve Abortifacients

  1. Mark

    As they should. Pharmaceuticals associated with women’s reproductive rights are part of health care, it’s illegal and immoral to deny those rights.

  2. Dr. D

    Mark, Illegal? The 9th Circuit agrees with you but a lower federal court disagrees. How will SCOTUS rule? The legality of it all is still in question.

    ‘Immoral’? On what basis? Most Christians believe that abortion is ‘immoral’ under most circumstances and certainly the use of abortifacients as birth control.

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