La. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 40, Â§ 1299.31.
No . . . person or corporation shall be held civilly . . . liable, discriminated
against, . . . or in any way prejudiced or damaged because of his refusal for
any reason to recommend, counsel, perform, assist with or accommodate an
La. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 40, Â§ 1299.32.
No hospital, clinic or other facility or institution of any kind shall be held
civilly. . . liable, discriminated against, or in any way prejudiced or damaged
because of any refusal to permit or accommodate the performance of any abortion
in said facility or under its auspices.
La. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 40, Â§ 1299.33.
No hospital, clinic, or other medical or health facility, whether public or
private, shall ever be denied governmental assistance or be otherwise
discriminated against or otherwise be pressured in any way for refusing to
permit its facilities, staff or employees to be used in any way for the purpose
of performing any abortion.
Conscience in health care protection; definitions
A.(1) Any person has the right not to participate in, and no person shall be
required to participate in any health care service that violates his conscience
to the extent that patient access to health care is not compromised. No person
shall be held civilly or criminally liable, discriminated against, dismissed,
demoted, or in any way prejudiced or damaged for declining to participate in any
health care service that violates his conscience.
(2) This Section shall not prevent an inquiry by an employer or patient
regarding whether a person declines to participate in any health care service
that violates its conscience. When a patient requests health care services, a
person shall identify, in writing, as soon as practicable, his declination to
provide a service in accordance with the provisions of this Section. All persons
who have a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction and who seek
employment at a health care facility shall notify the prospective employer of
the existence of any sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction. Any
health care facility that employs a person with a sincerely held religious
belief or moral conviction shall ensure that the health care facility has
sufficient staff to provide patient care in the event an employee declines to
participate in any health care service that violates his conscience.
(3) The provisions of this Section shall not be construed to relieve any
health care provider from providing emergency care as required by state or
(4) A person shall notify his employer in writing as soon as practicable of
any health care service that violates his conscience. A person shall notify any
patient before such person provides any consultation or service to the patient
of the existence of a health care service that he will decline to provide
because the health care service violates his conscience.
B. For purposes of this Section:
(1) "Conscience" means sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.
(2) "Health care service" is limited to abortion, dispensation of
abortifacient drugs, human embryonic stem cell research, human embryo cloning,
euthanasia, or physician-assisted suicide.
C. A suit alleging a violation of this Section shall be brought in a district
court in accordance with R.S. 23:303.