TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge says Washington state may not require pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives in the face of religious objections by druggists.

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U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton in Tacoma issued his decision Wednesday. He said the state's real goal in adopting its rule was not to promote timely access to Plan B and other medicine, but to infringe on the religious freedom of pharmacists who believe that life begins at conception.

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Washington's rule requires pharmacies to sell any drug that's in demand, with some exceptions for business reasons. The judge said that if the state allows exceptions for non-religious reasons, it must allow religious or moral exceptions as well.

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The plaintiffs in the case say few if any other states have rules similar to Washington's.

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