Stormans v. Wiesman

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Description:  For four generations, Kevin Stormans’ family has owned Ralph’s Thriftway, a store located in Washington state. Regulations passed by the Washington State Pharmacy Board in mid-2007 mandated that pharmacies like Ralph’s Thriftway must stock and dispense the “morning-after” pill if requested by a patient. Stormans chose not to stock the product in his pharmacy after reading research demonstrating that the pill can prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg, an early-stage abortion procedure which Stormans opposes on religious, moral, and ethical grounds. Stormans, Inc., and two pharmacists, Margo Thelen and Rhonda Mesler, who work elsewhere, are challenging the regulations in federal court.  Read more >>

Wash. pharmacy, pharmacists will appeal 9th Cir. ruling that forces them to violate their beliefs

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Vice President of Legal Services Kristen Waggoner regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit’s decision Thursday in Stormans v. Wiesman to uphold Washington Board of Pharmacy rules that force pharmacists to dispense drugs contrary to their conscience instead of allowing them to refer customers to other pharmacists as they are allowed to do in all 49 other states:

“No one should be forced to choose between their religious convictions and their family businesses and livelihoods, particularly when the state allows referrals for just about any other reason. The premier medical and pharmaceutical associations all support the right of a provider to refer patients, and all other states allow such referrals. This decision will affect many facilities within the state, including Catholic hospitals and pharmacies, which have made clear they will not dispense these drugs. As the district court noted, drugs like Plan B and ella are widely accessible within the state. In fact, no woman anywhere in Washington has been denied timely access to these drugs for religious reasons. We will appeal this ruling.”

The following quote may be attributed to Stormans, Inc., President Kevin Stormans regarding the 9th Circuit’s decision:

“The state allows pharmacies to refer for all kinds of reasons. In practice, it only bans religiously motivated referrals. With 33 pharmacies stocking the drug within five miles of our store, it is extremely disappointing that the court and the state demand that we violate our conscience or lose our family business. All we are asking is to be able to live out the beliefs that we hold, as Americans have always been able to do, and to be able to refer patients for religious reasons, as the medical and pharmaceutical associations overwhelmingly recommend.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

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Previous news releases:

  • 2014-11-19: ADF: Govt shouldn’t force Christian pharmacists to dispense abortion-inducing drugs
  • 2014-08-01: US Supreme Court win supports Wash. pharmacist case
  • 2012-02-22: Court: Wash. pharmacists can’t be forced to violate their consciences
  • 2010-07-14: Patients’ health, pharmacists’ conscience protected in Wash., court agrees to halt trial
  • 2008-07-07: ADF attorney available to media following ‘right of conscience’ hearing
  • 2008-05-02: 9th Circuit thwarts Wash. state’s attempt to stall conscience rights
  • 2007-11-08: Court stops enforcement of Wash. regulations targeting pharmacists, pharmacies who don’t stock abortion drugs
  • 2007-09-25: ADF-allied attorneys available to the media following hearing on Washington “right of conscience” case
  • 2007-07-27: ADF: Health care providers should not be forced to distribute abortion-inducing drugs in Washington State
  • 2006-03-14: ADF defends right of conscience for pharmacists

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