The Washington Department of Health said today it is appealing last month’s ruling in U.S. District Court that struck down a state rule that requires pharmacists to stock and provide emergency contraceptives and other medications likely needed in their communities. The court’s ruling found the state’s amended rule on stocking violated religious rights of conscience for two pharmacists and the Stormans family that owns Ralph’s Thriftway in Olympia.
The DOH announcement is here. Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, applauded the decision by Health Secretary Mary Selecky to appeal, saying: