Ninth Circuit Rules Against Healthcare Workers in Plan B Case

Religious Institutions Update

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case challenging two rules issued by the State of Washington regarding the ability of pharmacies and pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions based on personal, moral or religious grounds. Stormans, Inc. v. Selecky, No. 07-36040 (9th Cir. July 8, 2009). The case arose in the context of the refusal to fill prescriptions for Plan B, an FDA-approved pill for emergency contraception.