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Refusing emergency contraception is sex discrimination, Minnesota Appeals Court says

A pharmacist in Aitkin County engaged in sex discrimination when he refused to fill a woman's prescription for emergency contraception because of his personal beliefs, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

It's believed to be the first time a U.S. court found it was sex discrimination to refuse to fill a prescription for emergency contraception. Jess Braverman, legal director for Gender Justice, one of the groups that worked on the lawsuit, said the ruling could have national implications in the ongoing battle over reproductive rights.

"Emergency contraception is time-sensitive medication. You have to be confident when you show up to get your medication that you are not going to be turned away for reasons that are not medical reasons," Braverman said.


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