Illinois Can't Force Pharmacists to Sell Plan B

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Pro-life pharmacists Luke Vander Bleek and Glenn Kosirog scored a major victory against the state of Illinois.
 
After a seven-year battle, the 4th District Appellate Court ruled Vander Bleek and Kosirog can refuse to sell emergency contraceptives like Plan B, or the morning-after pill.

Back in 2005, then Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued an "emergency rule" mandating the pharmacists  prescriptions for the drugs "without delay."

With the help of the American Center for Law and Justice, Kosirog and Vander Bleek sued the state for violating their rights. 

The suit claimed the regulation violated their rights under the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause, the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the state's Health Care Right of Conscience Act.

The court has now ruled the state's Health Care Right of Conscience Act protects the pharmacists. 

"The precedent that this will set in the state of Illinois means that the state is not going to go after a pharmacist that exercises conscientious objection when they know the court has ruled this way in this case," the plaintiffs' lawyer, Francis Manion, told the Chicago Tribune. "So we're very happy with it."

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