Conscience Protection Bill Moves Forward

This week the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a House bill that provides conscience protections for healthcare providers. HB 457, sponsored by House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka), would allow healthcare workers to opt out of performing abortion, sterilization, contraception and assisted reproduction procedures, as well as allow medical researchers to opt out of engaging in research that involves the use of embryonic stem cells. The bill now moves to the Senate floor where it will be debated by the entire Senate.

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