Indiana Health-Care Professionals Conscience Clause (HB 1461)
This law was last updated on Oct 12, 2016
HB 1461 would have allowed a health-care professional to refuse to dispense a drug or medical device if the health care professional believes the drug or medical device would be used to: (1) cause an abortion; (2) destroy an unborn child; or (3) cause the death of a person by means of assisted suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing.
A health care professional’s refusal to dispense a drug or medical device under these circumstances would not have been the basis for: (1) a claim for damages against the health care professional, the health care professional’s employer, or the facility where the health care professional is employed; or (2) disciplinary, recriminatory, or discriminatory action against the health care professional.
The bill provides that an employer who knowingly or intentionally takes disciplinary, recriminatory, or discriminatory action against a health care professional who refuses to dispense a drug or medical device under these circumstances commits health care professional discrimination, a Class A misdemeanor. A second or subsequent offense would have been a Class D felony.