|Subject: [Pflienews] PharmFacts E-News Update: WA state Conscience Clause case moves along; trial set for October 2008|
|From: PFLI PharmAid Center |
|Date: Thu, 08 May 2008 14:04:06 -0400|
|To: PFLI E News Updates |
"In November, 2007 the federal court stopped the enforcement of new rules that would have forced pharmacies and pharmacists to dispense Plan B, a controversial drug that it’s own manufacture agrees may destroy a human, fertilized egg [sic]. A fertilized egg contains all the DNA of its parents and many believe this is a form of chemical abortion. Regardless of one’s views regarding abortion, most would agree that the state should not force individuals to violate their consciences and participate in taking what they believe to be human life.
"The court reviewed
hundreds of studies, surveys, research, analyses and other materials
considered by the state Board of Pharmacy prior to adopting the flawed
new rules. The Board conducted a survey in the fall of 2006 of all
"Under extraordinary pressure from NARAL-Pro Choice and other special interest groups supporting abortion, Governor Gregoire instructed the Board to adopt a rule that required pharmacies and pharmacists to dispense Plan B. The Board reversed course and adopted Governor Gregoire’s rules which the federal court ruled are likely unconstitutional."
Update May 2008: The opposition has sent an appeal to the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and that hearing will be some time during the week of July 7th. They are appealing in order to stop the injunction which is currently preventing the enforcement of the Board's new ruling pending the lawsuit (i.e. it is allowing pharmacists to follow their conscience without fear of reprisal from employers or the board of pharmacy). The plaintiff's lawsuit is tentatively scheduled for October.
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