Referred to Committee
April 5, 2012
March 29, 2012(Key vote)
Title: Provides Exemptions on Participating in Certain Medical Procedures.
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that authorizes medical professionals and health care institutions to decline to participate in certain medical procedures that violate their conscience.
Exempts “medical professionals” and “health care institutions” from civil, criminal, or administrative liability for declining to participate in “specified medical procedures or research” that violates their “conscience” (Sec. A).
Defines “medical professional” as any individual who may be asked to participate in any way in “specified medical procedures or research” including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. A):
Physicians or physicians’ assistants;
Nurses or nurses' aides;
Hospital or clinic employees;
Social workers or counselors; and
Medical or nursing school faculty members, employees, or students.
Defines “health care institution” as any public or private organization or other entity that is involved in providing medical services, including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. A):
Hospitals, clinics, and medical centers;
Private physician’s offices;
University medical and nursing schools; and
Medical training facilities.
Defines “specified medical procedures or research” as including but not being limited to the following (Sec. A):
Abortion or abortion-inducing drugs;
Human cloning; and
Human embryonic stem cell research.
Defines “conscience” as the religious, moral, or ethical principles held by a medical professional or health care institution (Sec. A).
Prohibits any entity from discriminating against or denying aid, assistance, grants, or benefits to any medical professional or health care institution for declining to participate in research or procedures that violate their conscience (Sec. A).