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Kevin Stormans is one of the owners of Ralph’s Thriftway, in Olympia, Wash., which is challenging the state’s requirement that pharmacies must sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives. The Stormans contend that dispensing Plan B would infringe on their religious beliefs.– 2012 AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

What does U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not hear Stormans v. Wiesman mean for those with conscience convictions?

BY BRIAN FRAGA 07/01/2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The U.S. Supreme Court may have decided not to hear their case, but Stormans family members will not change how they run their pharmacy.

“We will not stock and we will not sell any drug which results in ending life or results in an abortion,” said Greg Stormans, vice president of Stormans, Inc., the family company that operates Ralph’s Thriftway pharmacy in Olympia, Wash.

Stormans told the Register that the Washington state regulation that requires pharmacists to sell abortifacients and so-called emergency contraceptives in violation of their religious beliefs sets a dangerous precedent for government entities to trample on religious freedom.

“We are just as concerned, if not more concerned now, about our First Amendment right to freely exercise our religious beliefs and operate our business as we were before all this started,” Stormans said.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, writing in dissent from the court’s June 28 decision not to hear arguments in Stormans v. Wiesman, said the case is “an ominous sign” for religious freedom.

“If this is a sign of how religious-liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern,” Alito wrote.

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