Friday, November 30, 2012

Defending Freedom of Conscience

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA


Today, like never before, people of faith are being forced to make decisions that either violate their faith or penalize them in some way for their religious beliefs, whether it be losing a job, paying a fine, etc.

Liberty Institute is helping to ensure Americans’ Freedom of Conscience is protected.  Last week, we submitted an Amicus Brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of a family-owned pharmacy, Ralph’s Thriftway, and two individual pharmacists who are standing strong for their faith.

The original lawsuit is over specific rules in the Washington Administrative Code, added by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy in 2007. These rules subject pharmacists to professional discipline for refusing to fill prescriptions for abortifacient drugs and prohibit pharmacies from refusing to deliver a lawfully prescribed or approved medicine – including Plan B and other abortifacient drugs.

These rules place both the pharmacy and the pharmacists in a position where they have to choose between violating their religious beliefs or potentially losing their jobs and even their businesses. Today, situations like this are becoming more and more common, especially with the new healthcare reform law and HHS mandate, which is the biggest infringement on Americans’ religious freedom we have ever seen.

Liberty Institute is ready for the challenging times ahead, and we will continue to fight for your religious freedom, including your freedom of conscience. But, we need you to continue to stand with us.

Please, share our information with your family and friends, “like” us on Facebook to receive critical updates on these important cases, and pray for our attorneys who are working around the clock to ensure your religious liberties are protected.

Also, please continue to give generously. We need your financial support to be able to reach people across the country that are facing religious discrimination. No matter how large or small the gift, every dollar counts in the fight to defend and restore religious liberty in America. 

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Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Liberty’s vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance with the principles of our nation’s Founders. For information, visit www.LibertyInstitute.org.