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Judge Suspends WA Rules About Pharmacists Selling The "Morning After Pill"

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SEATTLE (AP) - A federal judge has suspended Washington's requirement that pharmacists sell "morning-after" birth control pills.

The injunction says pharmacists can refuse to sell the morning-after pill, referring a customer instead to a nearby source.

It's part of a lawsuit by two pharmacists and a drugstore owner, who claim in a lawsuit that the state's birth-control sales rules violated their civil rights.

The morning-after pill, sold as "Plan b," can dramatically lower the risk of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

Some critics consider the pill tantamount to abortion, although it has no effect on women who are pregnant.

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