WHO: ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley
WHAT: Answering questions from the media following oral arguments in Stormans v. Selecky
WHEN: Tuesday, July 8, following hearing, which begins at 9 a.m. PDT
WHERE: U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Park Place Building, 21st floor, 1200 Sixth Ave., Seattle
ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley and ADF-allied attorney Kristen Waggoner will be available to answer questions from the media Tuesday following oral arguments in Stormans v. Selecky
. ADF and allied attorneys with Ellis, Li & McKinstry filed the lawsuit in 2007 to safeguard the rights of pharmacists and pharmacies against newly-passed state regulations which forced them to stock or distribute abortion-inducing drugs regardless of their religious or moral opposition.
“Pharmacists and other health-care workers shouldn’t be punished for abiding by their beliefs. They should never be forced to abandon their pro-life convictions in order to appease a political agenda,” said Stanley. “No health care professional should be forced to participate in destroying human life to preserve his or her professional license.”
In November, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a preliminary injunction against the state regulations while the lawsuit moves forward. Washington State Department of Health officials filed an appeal of the preliminary injunction and are asking the appeals court to overturn the injunction so the regulations stay in effect while the case is pending.
A fact sheet is available on the lawsuit here.
ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.