Breaking news: IL Supreme Court rules for pharmacists/against Blagojevich

Thumbnail image for breaking.jpgMy column yesterday spotlighted 2005 executive order by IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research.
Blagojevich was busy wreaking havoc on life in 2005. He also signed an “emergency rule” that year forcing IL pharmacists and pharmacies to dispense the morning-after pill even if against their religious beliefs. The MAP can stop a young embryo from embedding into the wall of the uterus, i.e., cause an abortion. Of course, you wouldn’t know any of this by the tricky wording of Blagojevich’s statement (click to enlarge)…

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At any rate, the IL Supreme Court ruled today against Blagojevich. Quoting the Chicago Tribune:

The IL Supreme Court has dealt a blow to a rule requiring pharmacies to dispense emergency contraception.
Lower courts had dismissed claims from pharmacists who object to emergency contraception on religious grounds. Thursday’s ruling reverses the lower courts, sending the case back to the circuit court.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued the rule prohibiting pharmacies from turning away women seeking emergency contraception, sometimes called the morning-after pill.

Last week dug up quotes by Blagojevich at the time:

He boasted in a 2006 interview, “Rather than try to get the legislature to pass something – because we attempted to and they didn’t do it – on my own, through executive order action, I forced these guys to fill prescriptions for birth control for women who come in with prescriptions from their doctors.”
In 2006, after members of the legislature sought to overturn his executive order, he made known his intent to veto any bills that would have protected the conscience rights of doctors and pharmacists.
In a 2006 State of the State address, Blagojevich said, “Now, I understand that several bills have been introduced that would overturn my executive order to protect women’s reproductive freedoms … So let me make something else very clear — if any of those bills reach my desk, they are dead on arrival.”

Interesting verbiage.
[HT for IL Supreme Court decision: Americans United for Life; for quote: Kathryn Jean Lopez in National Review Online]

25 thoughts on “Breaking news: IL Supreme Court rules for pharmacists/against Blagojevich”

  1. congratulations!!
    fortunately, their managers still have right to fire em if their not doing the job they were hired to do

  2. So the IL Supreme Court didn’t actually make any decisions on the rule, all they did was say that the pharmacists have standing to challenge the rule. Now it goes back for a trial.

  3. At least it is a step in the right direction Jane. Hopefully the court will allow pharmacies to fulfill prescriptions based on their own discretion and in accord with their ethical beliefs. Considering that I am still in consideration of pursuing a MD, I would like to think that I would be allowed to practice medicine according to the ethics associated with medicine, to do no harm, and not associated with our pop-culture of death.

  4. Say that my pharmacist is a Scientologist. Does he have the right not to prescribe me my lithium, because often times such followers believe that psychiatric drugs are pointless and often harmful to the brain?
    I sure as hell hope not.

  5. Go to another pharmacist. Does your local gas station have to supply snickers? No, so go to another one. If their boss wants to fire them because of it, thats fine. I would like to think that the pharmacy would try to accommodate both the employee, if it is not self owned, and the customer by providing an alternative pharmacist to provide the drug. The pharmacy really should have the right to not prescribe prescription strength ibuprofen if they think it is harmful. They are a company after all.

  6. How so? Many pharmacies are self owned. The job of a pharmacy is not to be the drug dispenser. They are there to be an intermediary between the doctor and patient, to ensure that healthy doses of medicine are prescribed. If a self-owned pharmacy sees it as unfit to prescribe a sort of medicine that they deem harmful, why should they be forced to do so? I dont care if they are scientologists or what. If the pharmacist vies the medicine as a harmful agent, they have not only the right, but the duty to withhold service.

  7. Just so you understand, I personally have nothing against birth control. I havent done the “research” on it yet, but I have theorized that the number of killed preborns from BC is probably pretty comparable to the number of killed preborns from miscarriage as a result of NOT using BC. In other words, I dont think BC kills a significantly larger number of preborns than unprotected sex, so I dont see a huge issue. Although….it could be argued that there are other forms of BC, such as condoms, that would not cause miscarriage related preborn death OR BC related preborn death, so these forms would of course ultimately be the preferred option….

  8. There are live hearings on video about Blagojevich. He said to ignore court injunctions and do what he told agencies to do as if he was the legislature.

  9. Most objections to the SC reversal of Blago’s abuse of exective power seem to be based upon emotion. Conscience rights are a long standing legal and social principle in our republic. Those who deny them do so at their own peril.

  10. Blago sounds like a real piece of work. He and Obama deserve each other.
    Posted by: Joe at December 18, 2008 4:33 PM
    The two don’t really get along.

  11. I actually abandoned the medical profession in part because of fascists like Cameron and Erin. I would most certainly grin quite broadly if either of them was in serious need of medication and found themselves unable to get it due to a pharmacist shortage. But then, I live to dance on your graves, pro-aborts.

  12. John,
    I suspect the medical profession abandoned you, given your animosity and hatred of those who do share your asinine notions.
    Be honest… were you fired or forced to resign?

  13. Wrong on both counts, Cammy. But could you do me a favor? Please post the location of the cemetery you intend to be buried in, and put in your will that someone will post a death notice on here when you eventually do pass away? Providing that still exists when the happens, I want to be ready to dance.

  14. I don’t think any mods are on right now, but as a former Mod I’ll go out on a limb and say:
    John, cut out the grave dancing.

  15. Blago sounds like a real piece of work. He and Obama deserve each other.
    Posted by: Joe at December 18, 2008 4:33 PM
    The two don’t really get along.
    Posted by: Hal at December 18, 2008 8:47 PM
    Hal, ha ha ha. You can’t be serious. Obama was one the three biggest Blago supporters who got him elected governor in the first place.

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