Mitchell backs 'conscience clause' for pharmacists

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[APRIL 23, 2005]  FORSYTH -- State Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, said Wednesday that pharmacists should not be forced to fill a prescription for the morning-after pill if it is against their religious convictions or moral beliefs. Gov. Rod Blagojevich recently issued an executive order requiring all pharmacists to fill contraceptive prescriptions regardless of religious or moral convictions.

"What is surprising is the fact the governor wants to force people, against their religious convictions, to do something they in their own conscience could not do," Mitchell said. "That is a first here in Illinois, and it's really a first in the nation. If someone wants the pill, and there are people who have arguments for and against it, you can either go to another pharmacy where it will be dispensed or wait for another pharmacist who doesn't have a moral objection to dispense it. What the governor's emergency order states is to force someone to do something against their moral convictions."

The governor's executive order threatens to revoke the license of pharmacists who don't comply.

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"Taking away the livelihood of pharmacists is an extremely harsh penalty," Mitchell said. "Gov. Blagojevich's father-in-law says the governor would throw anyone under a bus for what he perceives to be a popular thing. This action goes even a step further. It says that if you're a pharmacist in Illinois, you must act against your moral conscience and beliefs or lose your job. I find his actions extremely disappointing."

[News release from Rep. Bill Mitchell]

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