I’ve been tracking this case with antipathy for 6 years.

On April 1, 2005, then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich stood flanked by NARAL President Nancy Keenan (in above photo, left), then-President of Planned Parenthood Karen Pearl (partially seen behind his shoulder), and then-President of Chicago Planned Parenthood Steve Trombley (far right), among other local and national pro-abort leaders, to announce he was making Illinois the 1st state to force pharmacies and pharmacists to dispense emergency contraceptives “without delay,” even if in violation of their consciences.

Emergency contraceptives can cause abortions, although the other side sure tries to obscure that fact. (Plan B is the brand name of one emergency contraceptive.) Click to enlarge)…

Finally, yesterday Sangamon Co. Circuit Court Judge John Belz struck down Blagojevich’s executive fiat on 3 points, according to the Mirror of Justice blog, “as a violation of the IL Healthcare Right of Conscience Act, the IL Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.

Even with 2 laws and 1 constitutional amendment stacked against Blagojevich’s rule, and despite Belz’s additional ruling that

…no evidence of a single person who ever was unable to obtain emergency contraception because of a religious objection. … Nor did the government provide any evidence that anyone was having difficulties finding willing sellers of over-the-counter Plan B, either at pharmacies or over the Internet….

… still, Democrat pro-abort IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan plans to spend money our bankrupted state does not have to appeal the ruling.

Nevertheless, I hope Mirror of Justice’s ponderance is true: “It will be interesting to see if this ruling stirs things up on the litigation front in other states.” I hope pro-lifers around the country can use this court decision to overturn laws passed subsequently that force pharmacies and pharmacists in other states to defy their consciences to give pregnant mothers a pill to prospectively abort their children.

And if it is determined this court decision applies to all IL pharmacists and not just the 2 who filed the original lawsuit, I sure hope those 4 Walgreens pharmacists fired after Blagojevich signed the rule sue.

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