Posted on February 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Updated today at 12:35 PM
by ALLEN SCHAUFFLER / KING 5 NewsBio | Email | Follow: @schauffKING5 | Follow: @schauffKING5
A U.S. District judge has ruled that Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell emergency contraceptives
Retired pharmacist CJ Kahler had been fighting the state prescription rules for years.
"I'm responsible for me. Washington State isn't responsible for me. I'm responsible for me and I should be able to stand on my conscience," said Kahler. "People in the united states have fought for freedom of conscience for many years. And now pharmacists and pharmacies are doing the same."
Attorney Lisa Stone is amazed that reproductive rights are still an issue in 2012.
"Patients have a right to health care and no individual can impose his beliefs or her beliefs on that patient," she said.
It's a nasty political, social and legal battle that has raged in the streets and courtrooms since the State of Washington adopted rules requiring all non-hospital pharmacies to stock and sell (with a few exceptions) all drugs. That included so-called "morning after" contraceptives, something that didn't sit well with some pharmacists who say they should have the right to refuse to sell those items on the basis that it violates their religious beliefs.