SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A state judge in Illinois has ruled that pharmacists cannot be forced to dispense emergency contraceptives against their personal beliefs.
Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz made the decision on April 5, stating that the requirement to sell “morning after” contraceptives violates the state’s conscience law.
The ruling was the latest outcome in a six-year legal battle by pharmacists Luke VanderBleek and Glenn Kosirog and the three drug stores they operate. Believing emergency contraceptives can act as an abortion-causing agent, they sued over the 2005 rule imposed by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The former governor, who is facing his own legal difficulties in...READ MORE