Pharmacist Cleared for Not Selling The Pill

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Complaints against a Montana pharmacist who refused to dispense the "morning after pill" for religious reasons have been dropped, attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund said.

Pharmacist John Lane, from Broadus, Mont., announced in December that he would no longer fill prescriptions for contraceptives based on his religious convictions. He said his decision was effective Jan. 1.

Since then, Lane had 11 complaints filed against him with the Montana Board of Pharmacy for not selling the pills. He was represented before the state's pharmacy board by the Alliance Defense Fund, a nonprofit legal agency.

"Neither the government nor an employer should make people choose between their faith and their job," ADF-allied attorney Matthew Monforton, said. "The board did the right thing by recognizing that Mr. Lane did nothing to violate the law."

Lane had faced potentially losing his license or an official reprimand from the board. But all complaints were dismissed last Wednesday, after officials determined Lane had not broken law.

"Pro-life pharmacists shouldn't be penalized for abiding by their beliefs," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Byron Babione. "Respecting the right to not sell these items doesn't impose an ideology on anyone. Forcing a pharmacist to sell them does."

The board's executive director, Ron Klein, would not confirm or deny the action, saying the board's disciplinary proceedings are not a matter of public record.

Sources: CBN News, The Associated Press

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