Yesterday the U.S. District Court in
This ruling is a huge step forward in the ongoing struggle to ensure legal recognition of pharmacists right to practice their chosen profession without violating their moral and professional integrity. Wal-Marts arguments, now soundly rejected by this Court, may no longer be used by corporate or governmental officials to squeeze out of the profession pharmacists who have a high regard for the sanctity of all human life.
The case is one of a series of similar cases that have arisen since April of 2005 when Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich issued an Executive Order requiring that all
Ethan Vandersand, who worked at a Wal-Mart pharmacy in
In rejecting each of Wal-Marts arguments, Judge Scott held that the plain language of the Right of Conscience Act, which speaks in terms of any person, unquestionably shows that it covers pharmacists, and that they are to be considered health care providers who participate in the furnishing of health care services. The court likewise rejected the Title VII argument, pointing out that the Governors Order placed a duty on pharmacy owners not on individual pharmacists, leaving it up to the owners to fashion a policy for complying with the Order without violating the rights of their individual pharmacist employees.
In enacting the Right of Conscience Act, the people of
This ruling highlights the importance of our organizations continuing work in this crucial area of protecting religious liberties. We are currently involved in a dozen cases across the country seeking to protect the right of conscience, and this ruling demonstrates that our work is bearing fruit.
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