When two Chicago women went to a South Side pharmacy to pick up their prescription contraceptives in March, they were shocked and outraged that pharmacists refused to fill their prescriptions based on their religious objections to contraceptive use. When the women took their complaints to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, he wasn't too happy either.
Blagojevich issued an emergency action in April 2005 requiring pharmacists to fill birth control and emergency contraceptives prescriptions. "No delays. No hassles. No lectures," Blagojevich said. "Just fill the prescription."