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Luke Goodrich is a lawyer who has won four United States Supreme Court cases related to religious freedom. What I appreciate most about his life and perspective, though, is how he constantly turns us back to Scripture. In a time when answers can seem all too clear in our own minds, Luke reminds us of the variety of ways God used His people in the Bible. As Luke says, God didn’t create us to win every argument, He created us to be like Christ. It’s a grace to welcome Luke to the farm’s front porch today….
For four generations, the Stormans family owned a small grocery store and pharmacy in Olympia, Washington.
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One day the family received a phone call asking why their pharmacy didn’t carry the morning-after pill, a controversial form of contraception that may cause early abortions.
Upon researching the drug, the family learned it could prevent a newly formed human embryo from attaching to the wall of its mother’s uterus, thus, in their view, destroying a human life.
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Because the family was committed to caring for all human life, they decided they couldn’t sell the drug. Instead, their employees would refer customers to nearby pharmacies that sold it.
That turned out not to be good enough for local pro-abortion activists. They protested the store, yelling at customers and disrupting traffic.mThey filed complaints with the state. And they ultimately convinced the governor to pass a new regulation making it illegal for pharmacies to refer customers elsewhere for religious reasons—even though pharmacies could still refer customers for nonreligious reasons.
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The Stormans family then faced a difficult choice: either sell the morning-after pill, which could destroy a human life, or close the pharmacy, which would destroy their livelihood.
Because they didn’t want to do either, they filed a federal lawsuit asking the courts to protect their religious...
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