Minnesota jury: Girl had no proper to morning capsule

AITKIN, Min. — A central Minnesota pharmacist did not violate a woman’s rights by refusing to provide her with emergency contraception more than three years ago, a jury ruled Friday.

Andrea Anderson, a mother of five from McGregor, filed a lawsuit under the Minnesota Human Rights Act after a pharmacist refused to fulfill her request based on her religious beliefs. State law prohibits discrimination based on sex, including matters related to pregnancy and childbirth.

The decision comes amid a national political debate over contraception under federal law, and the US House of Representatives has passed a bill guaranteeing the right to contraception. House Democrats are worried that the conservative U.S. Supreme Court, which has already struck down federal abortion rights, could go further to limit the use of contraception.

Leaders of Gender Justice, a group representing Anderson, said they plan to appeal, Minnesota Public Radio News reported.

“The evidence was so clear that she received less services than other clients because she went there for emergency contraception. So we believe this is discrimination under the law in Minnesota,” said Jess Braverman, legal director of the advocacy group.

in 2019 month of January. Anderson brought the prescription to Thrifty White Pharmacy in McGregor for the morning after pill. Longtime pharmacist George Badeaux told her she couldn’t write a prescription based on her beliefs.

Anderson eventually filled a prescription at a pharmacy in Brainerd, driving more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) in wintry conditions.

Attorneys for Badeaux did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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