Mailee Smith & William Saunders at LifeNews:
Illinois pharmacists that Americans United for Life (AUL) and AUL Advisory Board Member Mark Rienzi have worked with for more than 7 years won an important victory last week, in a ruling that helps to protect conscience rights.
The Appellate Court of Illinois for the Fourth District ruled that the state cannot force two pharmacists and several pharmacies to dispense life-ending drugs misleadingly labeled as “emergency contraception,” coercing them to act against their consciences.
The case, Morr-Fitz v. Quinn, has been working through the Illinois court system since 2005, when then-Governor Blagojevich first issued a rule (“Rule”) that would force pharmacies to dispense life-ending drugs. The plaintiffs—pharmacists Luke Vander Bleek and Glenn Kosirog, along with their pharmacy corporations—filed suit against the State to defend their rights of conscience.