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Assembly Bill 207 (2005)

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2005 - 2006 LEGISLATURE

March 14, 2005 -

 Introduced by Representatives Hundertmark, Staskunas, LeMahieu, Vukmir, Nischke, Suder, Gundrum, Kleefisch, Kestell, Kerkman, Underheim, Nass, Van Roy, Ballweg, Krawczyk, Hahn, Gottlieb, J. Fitzgerald, Kreibich, F. Lasee, Wieckert, Lothian, Loeffelholz, Gunderson, Montgomery, Hines, Vos, Freese, Moulton, McCormick, Nerison, Bies, Albers, Ziegelbauer, Petrowski, Wood, Strachota, Owens, Mursau, Vrakas, Honadel, Ott and Towns, cosponsored by Senators Roessler, Reynolds, S. Fitzgerald, Lazich, Zien, Cowles, Kanavas, Grothman, Harsdorf, Kapanke, Leibham, Stepp, Brown and Kedzie.

Referred to Committee on Labor.


An Act to renumber and amend 111.337 (1), 253.09 (1), 441.06 (6) and 448.03(5) (a); to amend 253.09 (title), 253.09 (2), 253.09 (3), 253.09 (4) (a), 253.09 (4) (b) 1., 253.09 (4) (b) 2., 441.06 (title) and 448.03 (5) (title); and to create 111.337 (1g), 111.337 (1r) (b), 111.337 (1w), 253.09 (1g), 253.09 (1r) (a) 1. to 8., 253.09 (5),441.06 (6) (a), 441.06 (6) (b) 1. to 8., 441.06 (7), 441.06 (8), 448.03 (5) (ag), 448.03(5) (am) 1. to 8., 448.03 (5) (an), 448.03 (5) (ar) and 450.135 of the statutes; relating to: employment discrimination based on creed; and exemption from liability and discipline for health care professionals and health care facility employees who refuse to participate in sterilization, abortion, assisted suicide, and other procedures on moral or religious grounds.

The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. 111.337 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 111.337 (1r) (intro.) and amended to read:

111.337 (1r) (intro.) Employment discrimination because of creed includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:

(a) Refusing to reasonably accommodate an employee's or prospective employee's religious observance or practice unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would pose an undue hardship on the employer's program, enterprise, or business.

Section 2. 111.337 (1g) of the statutes is created to read:

111.337 (1g) In this section:

(a) "Human embryo" means a human organism that is derived by fertilization, parthenogenesis, cloning, or any other means from one or more human gametes or human diploid cells. "Human embryo" includes a zygote but does not include a human organism at or beyond the stage of development at which the major body structures are present.

(b) "In vitro human embryo" means a human embryo, whether cryopreserved or not, living outside of a woman's body.

(c) "Participate in" means to perform; practice; engage in; assist in; recommend; counsel in favor of; make referrals for; prescribe, dispense, or administer drugs or devices, other than contraceptive articles, as defined in s. 450.155 (1) (a), for; or otherwise promote or encourage.

Section 3. 111.337 (1r) (b) of the statutes is created to read:

111.337 (1r) (b) Discriminating against an employee or prospective employee by engaging in any of the actions prohibited under s.111.322 on the basis of the employee's or prospective employee's refusal, or statement of an intention to refuse, whether or not in writing, based on his or her creed, to participate in any of the following:

1. A sterilization procedure.

2. An abortion, as defined in s. 253.10 (2) (a).

3. An experiment or medical procedure that destroys an in vitro human embryo or uses cells or tissue derived from the destruction of an in vitro human embryo.

4. An experiment or medical procedure on an in vitro human embryo that is not related to the beneficial treatment of the in vitro human embryo.

5. An experiment or medical procedure on a developing child in an artificial womb, at any stage of development, that is not related to the beneficial treatment of the developing child.

6. A procedure, including a transplant procedure, that uses fetal tissue or organs other than fetal tissue or organs from a stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, or miscarriage.

7. Intentionally causing the death of an individual who is not in a terminal condition, as defined in s. 154.01 (8), by withholding or withdrawing nutrition or hydration.

8. An act that intentionally causes or assists in causing the death of an individual by assisted suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing.

Section 4. 111.337 (1w) of the statutes is created to read:

111.337 (1w) Nothing in sub. (1r) (b) shall be construed to limit the right of an employee or prospective employee to seek redress under sub. (1r) (a) or s. 111.337 (1), 2003 stats., for acts of employment discrimination against him or her based on creed.

Section 5. 253.09 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:

253.09 (title) Refusal to participate in certain practices; no liability; no discrimination.

Section 6. 253.09 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 253.09 (1r) (a) (intro.) and amended to read:

253.09 (1r) (a) (intro.) No health care facility is required to admit any patient or to allow the use of health care facility for the purpose of performing any of the following:

(b) A physician or any other person who is a member of or associated with the staff of a health care facility, or any employee of a health care facility in which the performance of an activity specified in par. (a) 1. to 8. has been authorized, who, in writing, refuses, or states an intention to refuse, to participate in the activity on moral or religious grounds may not be required to participate in the activity.

(c) A physician or any other person who is a member of or associated with the staff of a health care facility, or any employee of a health care facility, is immune from liability for any damage caused by, and may not be subjected to any disciplinary or recriminatory action based on, the refusal of the person to participate in an activity specified in par. (a) 1. to 8. on moral or religious grounds.

Section 7. 253.09 (1g) of the statutes is created to read:

253.09 (1g) In this section:

(a) "Health care facility" means any public or private organization, corporation, authority, partnership, sole proprietorship, association, agency, network, joint venture, or other entity that is involved in providing health care services, including a hospital, clinic, medical center, ambulatory surgical center, private physician's office, pharmacy, nursing home, university hospital, medical school, nursing school, medical training facility, inpatient health care facility, as defined in s. 252.14 (1) (d), or other place where health care services are provided.

(b) "Human embryo" means a human organism that is derived by fertilization, parthenogenesis, cloning, or any other means from one or more human gametes or human diploid cells. "Human embryo" includes a zygote but does not include a human organism at or beyond the stage of development at which the major body structures are present.

(c) "In vitro human embryo" means a human embryo, whether cryopreserved or not, living outside of a woman's body.

(d) "Participate in" means to perform; practice; engage in; assist in; recommend; counsel in favor of; make referrals for; prescribe, dispense, or administer drugs or devices, other than contraceptive articles, as defined in s.450.155 (1) (a), for; or otherwise promote or encourage.

Section 8. 253.09 (1r) (a) 1. to 8. of the statutes are created to read:

253.09 (1r) (a) 1. A sterilization procedure.

2. An abortion, as defined in s. 253.10 (2) (a).

3. An experiment or medical procedure that destroys an in vitro human embryo or uses cells or tissue derived from the destruction of an in vitro human embryo.

4. An experiment or medical procedure on an in vitro human embryo that is not related to the beneficial treatment of the in vitro human embryo.

5. An experiment or medical procedure on a developing child in an artificial womb, at any stage of development, that is not related to the beneficial treatment of the developing child.

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