Introduced: (Formerly HB 489)
(BR 92) - M. Treesh, R. Damron, Ro. Adams, W. Allen, E. Ballard, S.
Baugh, J. Bowling, K. Bratcher, S. Brinkman, B. Buckingham, Dw. Butler, P.
Clark, B. Colter, H. Cornett, B. Crall, R. Crimm, T. Feeley, J. Fischer, D.
Ford, K. Hall, B. Heleringer, T. Kerr, S. Lee, P. Marcotte, R. Mobley, L.
Napier, R. Nelson, M. Rader, J. Reinhardt, T. Riner, C. Siler, B. Smith, J.
Stacy, J. Stewart, G. Tapp, Jo. Turner, T. Turner, K. Upchurch, J. Vincent,
C. Walton, M. Weaver
Create a new section of Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapter 315 to
exempt a pharmacist who objects to dispensing medications or devices that
may terminate a pregnancy from liability; and prohibit discrimination
against a pharmacist who objects to dispensing medications or devices that
may terminate a pregnancy.
January 4, 2001-introduced in House
January 5, 2001-to Health and Welfare (H)
AN ACT relating to pharmacists.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:
SECTION 1. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 315 IS CREATED TO READ AS
(1) No pharmacist who states in writing, based on moral, religious, or
professional grounds, his or her objection to the dispensing of medication
or devices that may terminate a pregnancy shall be required to or be held
liable for refusal to perform or participate in the dispensing of
medications or devices that may terminate a pregnancy.
(2) It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for:
(a) Any person to impose penalties, take disciplinary action against, or
deny or limit public funds, licenses and certification degrees, or other
approvals or documents of qualification to any pharmacist for his or her
refusal, based on objections of moral, religious, or professional grounds,
to participate and cooperate in the dispensing of any medication or device
that may terminate a pregnancy; and
(b) Any public or private agency, institution,
person, including a medical, nursing, or other school, or hospital to deny
admission to, impose any burdens in terms of conditions of employment upon,
or otherwise discriminate against any applicant for admission thereto or any
pharmacist on account of his or her unwillingness or refusal to dispense or
distribute medication or devices that may terminate pregnancy, where the
unwillingness or refusal is based on moral, religious, or professional