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St. Chas. pharmacist says Target fired her wrongfully

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – A St. Charles pharmacist claims Target fired her last month because of her moral objection to dispensing emergency contraception.

Americans United for Life has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Heather Williams.

Attorney Daniel McConchie says Target told Williams they feared a boycott by Planned Parenthood because she would not give out the so-called morning-after pill.

He says the company said it would have kept her on if Missouri had a Right of Conscience law.

"Because there was not that law on the books in Missouri and because of the impending boycott they decided the best course of action was to terminate her," McConchie said.

But Paula Gianino, president of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, says the agency had nothing to do with Williams' firing.

"There's never been any discussion of a boycott of Target company," Gianino said. "Target is a great company, a great member of our community. We've been working cooperatively with Target at the national level."

Gianino says Planned Parenthood is working with Target and other corporations to come up with a policy dealing with the so-called morning after pill.

Target did not return a call seeking comment.