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MN pharmacist asks court to uphold his right to work according to his faith

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The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel and Vice President of Appellate Advocacy John Bursch regarding a brief ADF attorneys filed Monday with the Minnesota Court of Appeals in Anderson v. Thrifty White Pharmacy. ADF attorneys represent Minnesota pharmacist George Badeaux who was sued because of his conscientious objection to dispensing a drug that can cause an abortion, an action that violates his religious beliefs:

“No one should be forced to dispense drugs that can cause an abortion. As we explain in our brief, Mr. Badeaux told the customer his personal beliefs precluded him from dispensing the drug Ella, and instead, he referred the request to another pharmacist, who was willing to fill the prescription. Mr. Badeaux is a Christian who believes that an embryo is a new human life and, as such, taking a drug that prevents an embryo from implantation in the uterus ends a human life. We are urging the Minnesota Court of Appeals to affirm the jury’s verdict and trial court’s decision, which respected Mr. Badeaux’s constitutionally protected freedom to act consistent with his beliefs while at work.”

Charles Shreffler, one of more than 4,700 attorneys in the ADF Attorney Network, is serving as local counsel on behalf of Badeaux.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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John Bursch
John Bursch
Senior Counsel, Vice President of Appellate Advocacy
John Bursch is senior counsel and vice president of appellate advocacy with Alliance Defending Freedom.