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HB 31 - Authorizes Health Care Providers to Abstain from Certain Medical Procedures - Key Vote

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Joseph Mitchell voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes Health Care Providers to Abstain from Certain Medical Procedures

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (71-26) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Health Care Providers to Abstain from Certain Medical Procedures

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes a health care provider to refuse to participate in certain health care services.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes a health care provider to refuse to participate in a health care service that is against his or her religious, moral, or ethical principles if he or she has submitted a written objection agency at least 24 hours prior to being asked to perform the service (Secs. 3 & 4).
  • Defines “health care provider” as an individual who may be asked to participate in a health care service in any way, including, but not limited to the following individuals (Sec. 3):
    • Physician; 
    • Nurse;     
    • Pharmacist; 
    • Researcher; or
    • Social worker.
  • Defines “health care service” as any phase of medical care, treatment, or procedure limited to the following (Sec. 3):
    • Abortion;
    • Human cloning;
    • Human embryonic stem cell research; and
    • Sterilization.
  • Prohibits an individual, health care provider, public or private institution, public official, or board which certifies competency in medical or health care specialties from discriminating against a health care provider who declines to participate in a health care service (Secs. 2 & 4).
  • Requires a health care provider to participate in health care services in a life-threatening situation until another health care provider becomes available to complete the health care service (Sec. 4).
  • Exempts any hospital or other health care entity, and any associated individual, from being liable for damage caused by the refusal of a health care service (Sec. 4). 
  • Specifies that the provisions of this bill do not apply health care institutions or employers licensed as abortion clinics (Sec. 7).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorizes Health Care Providers to Abstain from Certain Medical Procedures

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