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 July 9, 2009  Posted by  Court, Workplace

Washington can enforce new rules barring pharmacies from refusing to fill legal prescriptions for certain drugs, including the controversial emergency contraceptive Plan B, even if the drugs clash with pharmacists’ religious beliefs.

The 9th Circuit lifted an injunction (pdf) against the state, saying the lower court had “abused its discretion in applying an erroneous legal standard of review, failing to properly consider the balance of hardships and public interest, and entering an overbroad injunction.”

…. Because the wrong standard of review was applied, the 9th Circuit concluded, the district court must reweigh the balance of hardships and reconsider the interests at stake.

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