After nearly a decade, our case involving pharmacists’ refusal to fill contraception prescriptions, Stormans v. Wiesman (formerly Stormans v. Selecky), is finally being heard on its merits before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Tomorrow, we will defend the rules requiring pharmacies to fill legal prescriptions without discrimination and without delay. At stake is more than just Washington’s pharmacy rules, but potentially the rights of corporations to evade compliance with a range of laws by asserting First Amendment religious free exercise rights.
Tomorrow, we get to make our case to the Ninth Circuit, and we are confident that the Court will agree with us and the State that your right to access safe, legal, and necessary health care does not tread on your pharmacist’s freedom of religion, even if he or she has a moral objection to the medication. While it could be days or months before the Court makes a decision, we’ll keep you apprised of any updates after the argument.