The Catholic Church’s teachings are unambiguous to an Illinois pharmacist who has won a court fight over his beliefs. The attorney general’s office will not appeal a decision in favor of Luke Vander Bleek of Morrison and another pharmacist. They cite conscientious convictions in refusing to fill prescriptions for the so-called “morning after” pill, criticized as a form of abortion.
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“I’m a Catholic man,” said Vander Bleek “albeit no perfect person at the same time, but I believe the government has to step aside and allow people to express their religious convictions and to live by them.” Vander Bleek, of Morrison, and Glenn Korisog of Wheaton defied a 2005 executive order requiring pharmacies to fill prescriptions for the morning-after pill.