One day after striking down a portion of a pro-life law in Texas the supreme Court has made a second anti-life decision. This time the court refused to hear an appeal from the Stormans family in Washington State who are challenging a state law forcing them to sell abortion-causing drugs that violate their conscience as Christians.
In 2007, abortion activists convinced the Washington Board of Pharmacy to pass regulations that force pharmacists in the state to dispense abortion causing drugs and the state adopted a new law making referrals for reasons of conscience illegal. The bill was signed into law by then-Governor Christine Gregoire.
The family eventually filed a lawsuit against the state for violating their First Amendment rights. After a twelve-day trial, a federal court in February 2012 struck down the law as unconstitutional, finding “abundant evidence” that the law forced religious pharmacists and pharmacy owners to violate their faith.
But last July, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision, upholding the law. That resulted in a legal battle which made its way to the Supreme Court, but the court refused to take the case — making it so the law stands.
Justices Samuel Alito, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas, dissented from the denial, writing:
“[Yet] the Ninth Circuit held that the regulations do not violate the First Amendment, and this Court does not deem the case worthy of our time. If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern…”
So say your prayers – if you’re inclined – while there’s still time.