Court: Illinois Can't Force Sale of 'Morning After' Pill
Pharmacists who object on moral grounds can bow out
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2012 9:41 AM CDT
This frame grab from video shows a box of Plan B morning after pill.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Illinois pharmacists who don't want to sell the "morning after" contraceptive pill on religious grounds now have the green light to pull it from their shelves. An Illinois appeals court ruled that the state can't force pharmacists to sell the pill, sold under the brand name Plan B, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The legal fight has been winding through the courts ever since then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich ordered pharmacies to sell the emergency contraceptive in 2005. The decision follows a similar one in Washington state earlier this year, notes NBCNews.com.