Illinois Court Rules Against Plan B

    In this Jan. 24, 2012 photo, Terri Kroh, the director of pharmacy services at Duquesne University's Center for Pharmacy Services fills a prescription at the store in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. Duquesne has stepped in to fill a difficult role — delivering basic health care and medications in a poor inner city neighborhood. The school says the program is the first of its kind in the nation, and they hope it will be a model for other inner cities. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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    Illinois women in need of emergency contraception will now have to examine their pharmacies more carefully. On Friday, an appellate court in the state ruled that pharmacists don't have to stock the morning-after pill, whose brand name is Plan B, if they have religious objections to the medication, which prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. The ruling negates a 2005 mandate from former Governor Rod Blagojevich stating that all pharmacies must stock the pill. It echoes a similar ruling passed in Washington this year.

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