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]

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