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Symposium Friday: Freedom of conscience for pharmacists

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016
WHO:  ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner, lead counsel in Stormans v. Wiesman; ADF client Greg Stormans, vice president of Stormans, Inc.; Ed Whelan, president of Ethics and Public Policy Center; pharmacist Rod Shafer, former CEO of Washington State Pharmacy Association; and moderator Mark Hemingway, senior writer for The Weekly Standard

WHAT:  “American Culture on Appeal” symposium series: “Rx for Plan B One-Step® and ella®, or Prescription for Religious Liberty?”*

WHEN:  Friday, April 8, 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EDT

WHERE:  Alliance Defending Freedom, 440 First St. NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C.


The state of Washington permits pharmacies and pharmacists to refer customers for all kinds of business and convenience reasons but bans religiously motivated referrals. The Stormans case asks the U.S. Supreme Court whether a law that forces a family-owned pharmacy and two pharmacists to distribute life-ending drugs against their religious beliefs and conscience—yet allows referrals for secular reasons and has a history of intent to target religious providers—is in violation of the First Amendment.

Join Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kristen Waggoner (Stormans lead counsel), Ethics and Public Policy Center President Ed Whelan, and pharmacist Rod Shafer (former CEO of the Washington State Pharmacy Association) for a panel discussion examining the far-reaching implications of this case for health care professionals. The Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway will moderate the panel.

There will be a Q&A time with the panelists. Kristen Waggoner and Greg Stormans will be available for media interviews immediately following the panel.
Questions? Contact ADF Legal Communications Director Kerri Kupec at [email protected].

If you missed the first installment of the “American Culture on Appeal” series, watch “Contraception in the Convent, Cathedral, and Classroom: Exploring the Obamacare Mandate in an Eight-Justice Court” on YouTube.

* “Plan B One-Step” is a registered trademark of Women’s Capital Corporation, and “ella” is a registered trademark of Laboratoire HRA Pharma SA sociedad anonima (sa).

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

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Related Resources

Video: Kindred Spirits (Stormans v. Wiesman)

Case snapshot: Stormans v. Wiesman

ABOUT Kristen Waggoner

As the CEO, president, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, Kristen Waggoner leads the faith-based organization in advancing the God-given right to live and speak the truth in the U.S. and around the world. She oversees more than 450 ADF team members in eight global offices. Since 2011, ADF has won 15 cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, three of which were argued by Waggoner: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Uzuebgunam v. Presczewski,and 303 Creative v. Elenis. ADF also has a strong record of international success at the European Court of Human Rights, United Nations, and other leading courts and tribunals and has secured the release of more than 1,000 imprisoned Christians. After clerking with Washington Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders, Waggoner practiced law for over 16 years at a Seattle firm before joining ADF in 2013. She is Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent™ in Martindale-Hubbell. Waggoner is a sought-after public speaker who often appears in national and international media outlets.