Missouri House and Senate pass protection of conscience bills

House Bill 1541 has been passed by the Missouri House of Representatives.  The bill defines ‘conscience’ as “the religious, moral, or ethical principles held by a medical professional or a health care institution.”  The bill ensures that individuals and institutions cannot be compelled to participate in a number of defined procedures or research activities to which they object for reasons of conscience, and protects them against discrimination. Meanwhile, the Missouri Senate passed SB749, a bill drafted to prevent employers from being forced to provide insurance coverage for abortion, contraception or sterilization.[Missourian]

 

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