(TACOMA, Wash.) — Washington state cannot
force pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, a
federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the state's true goal was to
suppress religious objections by druggists — not to promote timely
access to the medicines for people who need them.
U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton heard closing arguments earlier this
month in a lawsuit that claimed state rules violate the constitutional
rights of pharmacists by requiring them to dispense such medicine. The
state requires pharmacies to dispense any medication for which there is a
community need and to stock a representative assortment of drugs needed
by their patients.
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