Illinois Pharmacies Required to Post Signs on Morning After Pill Sales

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

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 9, 2006

Springfield, IL ( — Customers can purchase numerous drug over the counter at a local pharmacy but the state of Illinois has signed off on a directive from pro-abortion Gov. Rod Blagojevich forcing pharmacies to post signs saying women can purchase the morning after pill.

The requirement comes on the same day the FDA announced a new deal to sell the drugs over the counter in other states.

A legislative committee approved Blagojevich’s requirement Tuesday.

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation spokeswoman Susan Hofer told the Southern Illinoisian newspaper that the rule will go into effect on September 1.

The signs will tell women they can buy the morning after pill over the counter at any pharmacy in Illinois, which approved OTC sales ahead of the FDA approval.

It also would include an email address customers could use to contact state officials and lodge complaints if they are not able to obtain the Plan B pills.

"Women will now be armed with the information they need to make sure that pharmacies are respecting their right to get the medication their doctors prescribe for them," Blagojevich said after the committee approved his new rule.

But Rich Quayle of Highland, one of five Walgreens pharmacists fired for refusing to fill prescriptions for the drug after Blagojevich’s order, told the News-Democrat that posting the signs adds insult to injury.

Peoria Republican Rep. David Leitch told the newspaper that he was disappointed that the committee approved the rule.

"I thought it was very insulting to the pharmacists, but there was no organized objection to the rule itself," he said.

The Southern Illinoisian reported that the Planned Parenthood of Chicago abortion business applauded the decision.

Several pharmacists have objected to another rule from the governor forcing them to dispense the drug even if they have moral or religious objections. There are currently three pending lawsuits targeting that rule and seeking to overturn it.

Despite firing the pharmacists, Walgreens has joined in their lawsuit seeking to overturn Blagojevich’s rule.

"Our policy has always been that the pharmacist could choose to step away from a prescription," Walgreens spokesman Tiffani Bruce told the News-Democrat previously.

She indicated the order went against company policy to allow pharmacists to opt out of filling a prescription as long as they helped the customer get it filled by another pharmacist or pharmacy.

The suspended pharmacists also filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It and the lawsuit are still pending.

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