Judge halts Ill. rule on emergency birth control

Associated Press - April 6, 2009 5:14 PM ET

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Pharmacists who object to a rule in Illinois requiring them to dispense emergency contraception expect a hearing on their lawsuit in June.
A Sangamon County judge halted enforcement of the rule on Friday. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich adopted it in 2005 to make sure women had access to the so-called "morning-after pill."
The pill reduces the chance of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of sex.
The pharmacists believe it's tantamount to abortion.
They claim Blagojevich's order violates state law prohibiting enforcement of health care decisions over religious objections.
The Supreme Court ruled in December that a circuit court had to hear arguments in the case.

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