SB 201 Health Provider Ethical Exemption

 

Bill Status:  (Updated 2/14/19)

  • Must pass the full Senate by end of Session 2/26/2019

 

Bill History:

  • 1/03/2019 Authored by Sen. L. Brown and referred to Health & Provider Services Committee
  • Amended and passed out of committee 8-1.

 

Executive Summary

SB 201 includes health care providers in the prohibition from being required to perform an abortion or assist or participate in procedures intended to result in an abortion if the health care provider objects to the procedures on ethical, moral, or religious grounds. (Current law applies only to physicians and em-ployees.)

 

Analysis

SB 201 seeks to extend conscience protections to include other healthcare professionals in addition to doctors so they cannot be forced into participating in procedures intended to result in an abortion. Healthcare professionals includes pharmacists, dentists, nurses, chiropractors, psychologists, physician assistants, optometrists and more.

 

Conclusion

SB 201 would extend conscience protections beyond doctors (who have it currently) to other healthcare professionals so they cannot be forced into participating in abortions.

IFI supports SB 201.