Spain: no obligation for pharmacists to sell abortifacients

Spain’s Constitutional Court has issued a landmark ruling protecting the conscience rights of pharmacists who decline to sell the “morning after pill”.

The court’s finding was based on freedoms of religion and conscience found in article 16 of the Spanish constitution.

The decision concerned the case of a pharmacist in Seville who was sanctioned with a 3,000 Euro fine by the city council of Andalusia because he decided to not sell the potentially abortion-inducing morning after pill, though local laws obliged him to do so.