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Druggists Can Go to Court Against Illinois Mandate

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois pharmacists who object to dispensing
emergency contraception have won another day in court to fight a
rule they claim forces them to choose between their livelihood and
conscience.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a circuit court must consider a lawsuit brought by two pharmacists who claim they should not be required to dispense emergency contraception because it violates their religious beliefs. Lower courts had dismissed those claims and refused to hear the case.
Governor Rod Blagojevich in 2005 issued a rule prohibiting pharmacies from turning away women seeking emergency contraception, sometimes called the morning-after pill. Blagojevich said pharmacists with moral objections "should find another profession."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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