A conservative advocacy group has filed a series of lawsuits against Walgreens after the drugstore chain fired four pharmacists for refusing to dispense the “morning-after” pill to patients.
The lawsuits, filed in Illinois January 27 by the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice, represent the latest skirmish in an escalating legal battle. The issue has surfaced in several states, pitting pharmacists who say filling such prescriptions violates their religious beliefs against drug manufacturers and patients demanding medicine they are legally entitled to.
The ACLJ, founded by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, argued that Walgreens violated the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act. “In punishing these pharmacists for asserting a right protected by the Conscience Act, Walgreens broke the law,” senior counsel Francis J. Manion said in the statement.