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Wash. emergency contraception case center of Affordable Care Act debate

January 6th, 2014 - 5:37am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Six years after state regulators clarified pharmacies must dispense emergency contraceptives when asked, the legal fight over an Olympia pharmacy owner's refusal to comply continues.

The case is still in federal appeals court, delayed by legal fights over the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act, The Olympian reported.

Kevin Stormans and his family, who own Ralph's Thriftway Pharmacy, sued in 2007 to overturn the state emergency contraceptive rule. They won a trial in federal court in Tacoma in 2012.

But the state Department of Health and Pharmacy Commission appealed the decision.

The case was on its way toward possible closure in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco last month but is now on hold.

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