Pharmacy owners cannot cite religion to deny medicine: U.S. appeals court

Aug 4, 2015

By Dan Levine

The state of Washington can require a pharmacy to deliver medicine even if the pharmacy’s owner has a religious objection, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, the latest in a series of judgements on whether religious believers can opt out of providing services.

The ruling, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, came in a case filed by pharmacists who objected to delivering emergency contraceptives. The 9th Circuit overturned a lower court that had said the rules were unconstitutional.

The U.S. Supreme Court last year allowed closely held corporations to seek exemptions from the Obamacare health law’s contraception requirement.

In Washington, the state permits a religiously objecting individual pharmacist to deny medicine, so long as another pharmacist working there provides timely delivery. The rules require a pharmacy to deliver all medicine, even if the owner objects.


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5 comments on “Pharmacy owners cannot cite religion to deny medicine: U.S. appeals court

  • Thank you Judge Susan Graber – good, hard common sense at play here, a breath of fresh air.

    Further, folks who are against termination, then support birth control. Have a basket of condoms on the counter. An aside, make it Endangered Species Condoms, save a lion.



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  • That would seem to make sense. It appears illogical to be against abortion and birth control at the same time. Unless what they object to is recreational sex, by unmarried women, without the threat of unwanted pregnancy or the possible consequences of illegal, unsafe abortions. Sex is not for fun!



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  • God is a bit OCD when it comes to sex. This rule. That rule. This person. Not that person. It seems like he’s probably a bit miffed, because there is no Mrs God, and he can’t get a shot away, so he places all sorts of rules and hurdles in front of the procreation act. I wonder why, in his intelligent design, he made it feel so good. But I digress. It’s really complicated when you have an evolved body, brain and hormones that SCREAMS at you to bonk the Be’Jesus out of someone,….. urgently, but then God says, “Don’t do that.” Why turn up our wick so high, then want to blow out the flame.

    God certainly does move in mysterious ways.



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  • David R Allen
    Aug 6, 2015 at 12:47 am

    This person. Not that person. It seems like he’s probably a bit miffed, because there is no Mrs God, and he can’t get a shot away, so he places all sorts of rules and hurdles in front of the procreation act.

    Apparently there used to be a Mrs God, before the ancient phobic priests banished her and killed her preachers.

    http://claudemariottini.com/2013/09/18/gods-wife/
    A recent article published in Haaretz discussed the issue of monotheism and whether ancient Israelites believed that the Canaanite goddess Asherah was God’s wife.

    The view that Asherah was God’s consort comes from two archaeological discoveries in the land of Israel. These discoveries provided inscriptions in which Yahweh and Asherah were mentioned together.

    The picture below, found at Kuntillet Ajrud, shows one of the drawings with an inscription mentioning Yahweh and Asherah.



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