Montana Pro-Life Pharmacist Sees Morning After Pill Complaints Dismissed

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 11, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 11
, 2008

Helena, MT ( — Thanks to the help of a pro-life law firm, a Montana pharmacist has seen the Montana Board of Pharmacy drop all complaints over his decision not to dispense the morning after pill. John Lane, a pharmacist in the small southeast town of Broadus, had 11 complaints filed against him with the board by abortion advocates.

Lane’s religious beliefs compel him to oppose abortion and the medical professional believes the Plan B drug can cause an abortion in some cases. As a result, he says dispensing it would violate his conscience.

An attorney from the Alliance Defense Fund represented Lane before a screening panel of the board at a meeting last week.

On March 5, the pharmacy board met to decide if it would further investigate the complaints. That probe could have resulted in an official reprimand or the revoking of Lane’s pharmacist’s license.

ADF officials told that, at the meeting, the board dismissed the complaints against Lane, stating he had not violated the law.

“Pro-life pharmacists shouldn’t be penalized for abiding by their beliefs," ADF Senior Legal Counsel Byron Babione told “Respecting the right to not sell these items doesn’t impose an ideology on anyone. Forcing a pharmacist to sell them does.”

ADF-allied attorney Matthew Monforton, a Bozeman-based lawyer, represented Lane at the hearing with help from ADF Litigation Counsel David Sheasby.

“Neither the government nor an employer should make people choose between their faith and their job,” said Monforton. “The board did the right thing by recognizing that Mr. Lane did nothing to violate the law.”

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