By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Senate Health Committee gave a favorable report to House Bill 95 giving health care providers authority to decline to perform services that violate their consciences. The Health Care Rights of Conscience Act was sponsored by State Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs).
Rep. Mooney said that most states already have a health care right of conscience act. There are not any lawsuits occurring in relation to this. This bill is very limited and not as broad as statutes in other states. The healthcare provider, that being an individual, can elect to opt out of participating in four specific areas if he or she objects in writing. This has to be on file with the personnel department. This does not apply to abortion clinics. They are exempt. Alabama is one of only three states that do not have some sort of conscience protection. Healthcare providers can opt to not participate in: abortions, human cloning, sterilizations