Pat Robertson Sues Blago
Chicagoist nearly sprayed our coffee all over the living room this morning when we heard on the news that televangelist and former presidential candidate Pat Robertson is suing Governor Blagojevich. We were hoping the paler version of Alan Keyes would stay out of our state. And we’re surprised he has time to get involved here when he is so busy thanking Hurricane Katrina, anointing President Bush as God’s choice, calling for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and condemning Dover, PA for voting down intelligent design.
Robertson's American Center for Law and Justice contends that Blago and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation violated the First Amendment rights of pharmacists and the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act when it required pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception, regardless of what God may think.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of five pharmacists suspended from Walgreen’s for refusing to fulfill the prescriptions based on their religious beliefs, and two pharmacists who worry that they might one day be forced into dispensing the drug. You would think pharmacists would understand that the morning after pill prevents pregnancy from occurring.