Alabama Health Care Rights of Conscience Act of 2017 (HB 95)
This law was last updated on Jul 3, 2017
HB 95 would allow health-care providers to refuse to participate in a health-care service that violates their conscience if the health-care provider has objected in writing prior to being asked to provide that service. The bill would also immunize health-care providers from civil and criminal liability based on their refusal to participate, except when their refusal would immediately endanger the life of a patient.
The bill would prevent any kind of discrimination or retaliation against health-care providers who refuse to participate in health-care services that violate their conscience.
The bill defines “health care provider” to include:
Any individual who may be asked to participate in any way in a health care service, including, but not limited to: A physician, physician’s assistant, nurse, nurse’s aide, medical assistant, hospital employee, clinic employee, nursing home employee, pharmacist, researcher, medical or nursing school faculty, student, or employee, counselor, social worker, or any professional, paraprofessional, or any other person who furnishes or assists in the furnishing of health care services.
The bill defines “health care service” as:
Patient medical care, treatment or procedure that is limited to abortion, human cloning, human embryonic stem cell research, and sterilization, and is related to: Testing, diagnosis or prognosis, research, instruction, prescribing, dispensing or administering any device, drug, or medication, surgery, or any other care or treatment rendered or provided by health care providers.
Based on model legislation drafted by Americans United for Life (AUL).
Companion bill to SB 185.
Passed the house on March 16, 2017, by a 63-11 vote.
Passed the senate on April 20, 2017, by a 23-7 vote.