Friday, May 2, 2008

Ninth Circuit protects conscience rights of pharmacists

In the case of Stormans v. Selecky, as reported on Religion Clause the Ninth Circuit kept in place the preliminary injunction barring enforcement of challenged pharmacy board rules thereby protecting the constitutional rights of pharmacists who, informed by their religious or moral beliefs, are bound by conscience to refrain from distributing the abortion-inducing Plan B contraceptive. The case continues with oral argument on June 3 in Seattle.

Yesterday the CLS Center filed an amicus brief supporting the pharmacists on behalf of Christian Legal Society, Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, Christian Medical Association, American Association of Pro Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants.