Friday, March 9, 2012

Plan B vs. Religious Liberty > Not so Fast

From Chuck Colson

Finally -- some good news in the battle between so-called reproductive rights and religious liberty.

How supremely ironic is it that at the same time the Obama Administration is seeking to force religious organizations to offer insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, a federal district court in Washington State has ruled that the state cannot force pharmacies to dispense those very same drugs?

That’s right. And this comes close on the heels of what amounted to a 9-0 smack-down of the Administration by the Supreme Court, which insisted in the Hosanna-Tabor case that even in hiring, the First Amendment gives “special solicitude to the rights of religious organizations.”

So, even though the Administration is seeking to trample religious rights by executive fiat, for now, at least, the courts are having none of it.

After five years of litigation, U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton has ruled that the State of Washington cannot force pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, which many pro-lifers quite rightly see as abortion drugs.

Now, the makers of Plan B will claim that it isn’t an abortion drug, that it merely prevents pregnancy. But the product information included with this drug, which can be taken up to three days after intercourse, says quite clearly that Plan B “may inhibit implantation” of a fertilized egg by causing the lining of a woman’s uterus to thin.

Friends, that means a genetically complete human being will die in the womb, and that’s abortion!

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[Here’s some more good news – JS]