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Illinois EC rule challenged

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

A lawsuit challenging the Illinois regulation that requires all pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception was filed by the D.C.-based law group American Center for Law & Justice in Springfield, Ill. District Court Dec. 19. The suit represents five Walgreens pharmacists who were indefinitely suspended or fired for refusing to prescribe EC. The Illinois regulation was introduced as an "emergency rule" by Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) in April and signed into law in August ("The Tan Sheet" June 20, 2005, p. 11). "This regulation targets religious views and practices in an unconstitutional manner," ACLJ Senior Counsel Francis Manion states in a same-day release...

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