Women in Washington state should be able to get Plan B and other emergency contraceptives over the counter from pharmacies regardless of the pharmacist’s religious views, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The court declined to hear an appeal from two pharmacists in Olympia, Washington, who said that it violated their religious beliefs to dispense contraceptives. The court instead upheld Washington’s law, which says that individual pharmacists can recommend patients to other pharmacists at the drugstore if they object to doling out contraception, but that the store must dispense the medicine. Timely access to emergency contraceptives is vital since they only work in a brief period of time after unprotected sex.
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