"A family-owned pharmacy in Washington state is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a regulation that forces the business to provide a drug they say is contrary to their religious beliefs.
The owners of Stormans, Inc., which operates Ralph’s Thriftway, a grocery store in Olympia, as well as two pharmacists, Margo Thelen and Rhonda Mesler, who work elsewhere, believe dispensing the morning-after pill is a violation of their Christian faith.
Storman’s, Inc. has asked the Supreme Court to hear their case regarding regulations in Washington state that force pharmacies to dispense abortion-inducing drugs. (Image source: Alliance Defending Freedom)
They have chosen to refer customers to other pharmacies rather than dispense emergency contraception drugs, including Plan B and Ella, because they believe that, if conception has occurred, the drugs are abortion-inducing, and they cannot distribute them in good conscience.
Several years ago, Washington state imposed regulations that force pharmacies to dispense the drugs.
The Stormans, Thelen and Mesler all fought the regulations in court, and in 2012, a federal court ruled in their favor. However, the ruling was overturned last year.
Now, the pharmacists are asking the Supreme Court to hear their case."
Sign up for our free e-mail list to see future vaticancatholic.com videos and articles.