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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

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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ABOUT Kristen Waggoner

Kristen K. Waggoner serves as general counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, Waggoner oversees the U.S. legal division, a team of 100 attorneys and staff who engage in litigation, public advocacy, and legislative support. ADF has represented the prevailing parties in multiple U.S. Supreme Court victories, including Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, which she argued at the Supreme Court. She also served as counsel in the free speech victory the Supreme Court handed down in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. She is a Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent™ attorney in Martindale-Hubbell, who clerked for Justice Richard B. Sanders of the Washington Supreme Court after law school and served in private practice in Seattle for nearly 20 years. Waggoner is admitted to practice in multiple states, the Supreme Court, and numerous federal district and appellate courts.