Refusal Provisions

Refusal Provisions | In the News

Many states have or are considering laws that allow health providers to refuse to provide certain medical services that violate their moral or religious beliefs. Although these laws originally focused primarily on abortion and sterilization services, in recent years they have been expanding. States have passed laws to allow pharmacists to refuse to provide emergency contraception to women who need it, and current efforts have focused on allowing medical professionals to deny access to contraception and other medical care with which they disagree. These provisions put women’s health at risk, and are especially dangerous for women in rural areas or small towns where there are few medical providers or pharmacies.

Chicago woman files lawsuit after provider at Catholic hospital refuses to provide appropriate care
The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois has filed a lawsuit against a provider at a Catholic health care system on behalf of a Chicago woman who says the provider denied her appropriate care for a dislodged intrauterine device (IUD), the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Advocacy groups voice concern about potential religious restrictions on care at Walgreens clinics
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois and three other organizations have asked Walgreens to confirm that its in-store clinics in St. Louis, operated in collaboration with a Catholic health care system, will not restrict contraceptive access, AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

SCOTUS declines to hear challenge to Wash. contraception dispensation regulations
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will not hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that upheld a Washington state regulation mandating that pharmacies dispense emergency contraception (EC), the Washington Post reports.

Featured blogs
"A big win for women who seek care at Catholic hospitals in Illinois," (Smith, "Speak Freely," American Civil Liberties Union, 5/27); "Why women still can't get over-the-counter birth control in California," (Rodriguez, Care2, 5/28); "California minimum wage increase is a win for the reproductive justice movement," (Towne, United for Reproductive & Gender Equity/Huffington Post blogs, 5/27).

California Medical Association joins ACLU lawsuit against Catholic hospital
The California Medical Association (CMA) on Wednesday filed a motion in state court seeking to join a lawsuit that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed against Dignity Health for refusing to provide a tubal ligation for a woman following her C-section, Modern Healthcare reports.

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Refusal Provisions | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health related to Refusal Provisions.

Stormans, Inc. v. Selecky
Federal court challenge to a Washington law that requires all pharmacies to carry and deliver prescription drugs, including emergency contraception.

Morr-Fitz, Inc. v. Quinn
State court challenge to an Illinois law brought in state court by anti-choice pharmacists that requires pharmacists to fill prescriptions for contraception.

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