Ill. pharmacists may get choice to dispense pill

December 19, 2008 4:13:33 AM PST
Illinois pharmacists who don't want to fill prescriptions for the "morning-after" pill will get their day in court. An executive order from Gov. Blagojevich in 2005 required pharmacies to dispense emergency contraceptives.

Pharmacists who objected on religious grounds lost in lower courts.

But on Thursday, the state Supreme Court reversed those decisions and sent the case back to the circuit court.

Emergency contraception reduces the chance of pregnancy if taken within three days after sex. Opponents consider it a form of abortion.