(Worthy News) - The U.S. Supreme Court in expected to decide Friday whether to hear a potentially groundbreaking case brought against a Christian family who own a pharmacy over their refusal to stock and sell any form of abortion-inducing drugs because of their religious beliefs.
The Stormans family, who own Ralph's Thriftway, a small family-run grocery store and pharmacy, petitioned the High Court sometime in January to review their case after a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court decision, holding that the Delivery Rule is a neutral and generally applicable law and is therefore subject to rational basis review, CBN News reports.
The Stormans argue that the legal issue involved should be governed by the Supreme Court's ruling in a 1993 case where it held that states may not pass laws prohibiting people from engaging (or refusing to engage, as in this case) in conduct for religious reasons while permitting people to engage in the same conduct for non-religious reasons.
"If the 9th Circuit decision stands, it will be the first time in America's history that we have forced healthcare providers to participate in taking human life...[and] that is groundbreaking,'' said Kristen Waggonner, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney and the Stormans' lead counsel. [ ... Read More (Source) ]