Illinois Pharmacist Presses On Despite Firing Over Morning After Pills

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 6, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 6, 2006

Edwardsville, IL ( — Illinois pharmacist John Menges isn’t giving up on life, despite being fired from his job as a pharmacist at a Walgreens store last November. Menges says his pro-life beliefs made it so he refused to fill orders for the morning after pill because it can sometimes cause an abortion.

Menges and other pharmacists were fired by Walgreens for refusing to comply with an executive order issued by pro-abortion Gov. Rod Blagojevich. His order forced all pharmacists in the state to dispense the controversial drugs.

"It just hurts," Menges told the Chicago Tribune about what happened, "but I’m not going to compromise on my beliefs."

He says "life begins at conception, and anything done to interfere with that is wrong."

Menges now stays at home, drawing some unemployment pay to go along with his wife’s part-time income.

Walgreens has offered him another position, but it’s 30 miles away over the border in the state of Missouri, and with two children the job isn’t an option. The job would also have demoted him and lowered his salary and he would also have to occasionally work at other Missouri stores further away, according to the Tribune.

He was put on unpaid leave by the pharmacy chain, but when he was forced to file for unemployment to pay bills, the company fired him.

But Menges and other pharmacists in the state are fighting back. Menges is working with the American Center for Law and Justice to proceed with a lawsuit against both Walgreens and Blagojevich

The ACLJ says Menges is a victim of religious discrimination and that the mandate put in place by Blagojevich violates other Illinois statutes.