Wash.'s Contraceptive Sales Rules Unconstitutional: Judge

Law360, New York (February 22, 2012, 10:46 PM EST) -- A Washington federal judge said Wednesday that the state's regulations requiring pharmacists to deliver emergency contraceptives such as Plan B unconstitutionally single out people based on their religious beliefs.

The state Board of Pharmacy designed rules “to force religious objectors to dispense Plan B, and they sought to do so despite the fact that refusals to deliver for all sorts of secular reasons were permitted,” U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said.

In his opinion, Judge Leighton permanently enjoined the state from enforcing the rules against...
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