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Illinois might require signs about prescription rule

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Gov. Rod Blagojevich

By AP/KWMu

Springfield, Ill. – Pharmacies in Illinois are already required to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception, even if they have moral objections. Now the Blagojevich administration is considering measures to let people know of the rule.

The plan would require drug stores to post signs alerting customers about their right to receive the pill. The signs would include an e-mail address that customers could send complaints to should a pharmacist refuse to fill their prescription.

Some pharmacists in Illinois have refused to dispense the medication, saying it induces abortion. Five Walgreens pharmacists have been suspended indefinitely without pay for refusing to fill the prescriptions. They have filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

There will be a hearing on the idea to require signs Friday at SIU-Edwardsville, at the Morris University Center (11 a.m.)

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