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Illinois Rights of Conscience Case Heard by Supreme Court

Yesterday, AUL-allied attorney Mark Rienzi argued before the Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of pharmacists Luke and Joan Vander Bleek regarding Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s rule mandating that pharmacies in the state must dispense Plan B (the morning-after pill) or risk revocation of their license.

The Vander Bleeks own three pharmacies in rural Illinois and are observant Catholics who oppose being required by the State to distribute the drug on religious grounds. They have already been forced to close one pharmacy due to staffing shortages caused by the threat of closure by the government.

You can watch video of the arguments here:

http://163.191.183.117/court/SupremeCourt/Video/2008/031808_104692.wmv

Or you can listen to an audio-only version:

http://163.191.183.117/court/SupremeCourt/Audio/2008/031808_104692.mp3