Can a state force pharmacists to prescribe abortion-inducing drugs at the expense of their religious beliefs? This is the central issue in a case the Supreme Court may agree to hear in its next term.
In 2007 the State of Washington passed a law requiring all pharmacies to deliver “all lawfully prescribed drugs or devices” in a timely manner to all customers. This “Delivery Rule” contains several exemptions such as business or convenience reasons for not stocking certain drugs, but there is no exemption for religious objections.
The Stormans believe that by dispensing these drugs they would be aiding in the destruction of human life, directly contradicting their Christian faith.
Ralph’s Thriftway, a small family-run grocery store and pharmacy, was investigated by the state’s Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission for refusing to stock any form of abortifacient, such as Plan B. The Stormans family, which owns Ralph’s, cites religious beliefs as their justification for refusing to stock abortifacient drugs. The Stormans believe that by dispensing these drugs they would be aiding in the destruction of human life, directly contradicting their Christian faith….