Despite protests from abortion advocates that it is too strong already, the Washington State Board of Pharmacy is going to spend another month to revamp a pharmacists’ conscience clause it drafted.
The new version may be stronger and provide more protections for pharmacists who don’t want to distribute drugs that violate their religious or moral beliefs.
The state board had already drafted a proposal that would allow pharmacists to opt out of dispensing a certain drug as long as another pharmacist is on hand to fill it and provided the pharmacist has told his employer he will want to opt out.
But on Tuesday, the board met for another public meeting to gather input in Kent and was supposed to review the draft and approve it.
Instead, the members voted to create another draft that gives pharmacists more rights. The board is expected to choose between the two proposals at a June 1 meeting.