House Committee Approves Conscience Protection for Healthcare Workers

By a vote of 9-3 the House Committee on Health Care Policy has voted “Do Pass” HB 1430, sponsored by House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka), which would protect the conscience rights of healthcare providers.  The bill would permit doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers to opt out of assisting or participating in abortion, providing abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, embryonic stem cell research, or other similar procedures that violate their moral or ethical convictions.

A similar bill passed the Missouri House last year, but did not make it through the Missouri Senate.  The bill is expected to face opposition from Planned Parenthood, the Missouri Hospital Association, and the ACLU, as it makes its way through the General Assembly.  Stay tuned.

Posted: February 7, 2014

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