A federal court in Tacoma, Wash., struck down a state rule requiring pharmacists to dispense Plan B, the “emergency contraceptive” that is also an abortifacient, even if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. The court ruled on Ash Wednesday that the rule violated the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.
The Feb. 22 ruling declared the Washington State Pharmacy Board’s regulations unconstitutional under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
In 2006, the Washington State Board of Pharmacy voted to protect pharmacists’ right of conscience. Democratic Gov. Christine...READ MORE