Laxalt signs on to letter supporting “conscience protections” for health workers with religious objections

The Nevada Independent

Michelle Rindels

Republican gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Adam Laxalt has signed on to a letter supporting a new set of regulations that aims to protect health workers who don’t want to perform abortions, help transgender patients transition or take other actions because of religious or moral objections.

Laxalt joined 16 other attorneys general in signing the March 27 letter to Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The letter lauds the “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority” regulations, saying it’s important to return to obeying conscience protections enacted by Congress and restore the rule of law in Washington. . . [Full Text]

Alabama senate committee OKs assisted suicide ban, conscience bill

Both bills move to the full Senate.

Montomery Advertiser

Bryan Lyman

The assisted suicide ban, sponsored by Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, would it make it a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison to assist in a suicide or deliberately prescribe a drug to assist with a suicide. . . .

The conscience bill, sponsored by Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, would allow a health care provider to refuse to provide services they morally object to if they submit their objection in writing. The objection would not apply in life-threatening situations where no other providers were available . . . [Full text]

Alabama protection of conscience bill moves forward

‘Fetal Heartbeat Act,’ 2 other abortion bills receive OK in Alabama House committee

Al.com

Erin Edgemon

An Alabama House committee gave favorable reports to three controversial abortion-related bills Wednesday morning. . .The Health Care Rights of Conscience Act would allow health care professionals to refuse to perform abortions, sterilization, human cloning and human embryonic stem cell research that violate their conscience on religious or ethical grounds. . . [Full text]

Alabama House Bill 491 (2015)

Health Care Rights of Conscience Act

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT

Relating to health care, to allow health care providers to decline to perform any health care service that violates their conscience and provide remedies for persons who exercise that right and suffer consequences as a result. [Full text]

Alabama protection of conscience bill passes State House of Representatives

By a vote of 71-24, the Alabama House of Representatives has passed the  Health Care Right of Conscience Act in the state legislature.  The bill is intended to protect all health care providers from being compelled to participate, directly or indirectly, in abortion, human cloning, human embryonic stem cell research, and sterilization if they object to the procedures for reasons of conscience.  [Gadsden Times]

Protection of conscience bill to be proposed in Alabama

Representative Becky Nordgren of Alabama, is proposing a Health Care Right of Conscience Act in the state legislature.  The bill is intended to protect all health care providers from being compelled to participate, directly or indirectly, in abortion, human cloning, human embryonic stem cell research, and sterilization if they object to the procedures for reasons of conscience.  A health care provider must give an employer no less than 24 hours written notice of an objection.  An exception is made in the case of a procedure necessary to save the life of a patient.  Patricia Todd, a Representative apparently hostile to freedom of conscience for health care workers, asked “[W]hy are you in the health care profession if you don’t want to provide health care?” adding that there had been no attempts to regulate male impotence drugs or prostate exams. [Anniston Star]

Alabama seeks to join lawsuit to protect freedom of conscience

The Attorney General of Alabama is reported to be seeking to join a lawsuit against the federal government launched by the Eternal Word Television Network to stop the federal government from forcing objecting employers to provide insurance coverage for surgical sterilization, contraceptives and embryocides.  The Attorney General considers the Obama administration’s regulation unconstitutional. [WAAY TV]