A Christian-owned pharmacy chain refuses to stock “emergency contraception” drugs on the grounds that they cause abortion. The state of Washington wants to compel the chain to carry the drugs, even though that would violate the owner’s religious beliefs. The case would seem to be similar to that of Hobby Lobby, which won a ruling from the Supreme Court allowing it to opt out of Obamacare requirements. But this time the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. The pharmacies will have to sell the products.
In addition to the pro-life and religious liberty issues, I would think there would be business liberty issues. Should the government really be able to mandate what products a retailer has to stock? [Read more…]