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Mississippi Health-Care Rights of Conscience Act

This law was last updated on Dec 6, 2016


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Mississippi

Number

Miss. Code Ann. §§ 41-107-1 to -13

Status

Current

Topics

Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

www.consciencelaws.org

The Mississippi Health-Care Rights of Conscience Act grants a health-care provider or health-care institution the right not to participate in a health-care service that violates his or her conscience. Any health-care provider or institution that refuses to participate may not be civilly, criminally, or administratively liable. Nor may any health-care provider or institution be discriminated against for refusing to participate in a service that violates his or her conscience.

The law does not allow a health-care provider or institution to refuse to participate in a health-care service regarding a patient because of the patient’s race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, religion, creed or sexual orientation.

Additionally, the Act grants a health-care payer the right to decline to pay for or arrange for the payment of a health-care service that violates its conscience. Any health-care payer that refuses to pay may not be civilly, criminally, or administratively liable. Nor may any health-care payer be discriminated against for refusing to pay for a service that violates his or her conscience.

The law, enacted in 2004, does not require refusing entities or individuals to provide notification or referrals to patients seeking health-care services.

Related Legislation

Similar to Mississippi Code section 41-41-215, which does require refusing health-care providers or institutions to provide notification to patients seeking services.