New Hampshire Health Care Freedom of Conscience Act (HB 1787)
This law was last updated on Sep 6, 2018
HB 1787 would allow health-care providers to conscientiously object to participating in an abortion, sterilization, or the prescription or provision of artificial contraception.
The bill would prohibit a health-care provider who conscientiously objects to participating in an abortion, sterilization, or the prescription or provision of artificial contraception from being administratively, civilly, or criminally liable to any person, estate, public or private entity, or public official.
The bill would prohibit any person, health-care provider, health-care institution, public or private institution, public official, national licensing board which licenses health-care providers, or national certifying board which certifies competency in medical specialties from discriminating against any health-care provider in any manner based on his or her conscientious objection to participating in an abortion, sterilization, or the prescription or provision of artificial contraception.
The bill would require health-care institutions to prominently post a notice, entitled “Freedom of Conscience for Health Care Providers,” in a location in which health-care providers are likely to see such a notice. The purpose of this notice is to fully inform health-care providers of their right to decline to provide, perform, assist with, facilitate, refer for, counsel for, advise with regard to, admit for the purposes of providing, or take part in any way in providing an abortion, sterilization, or artificial contraception.
Health-care institutions would be required to inform every health-care provider of their right to refuse such services.
Civil actions, damages or injunctive relief may be brought for any violation of this law. Upon finding a violation of this law, the aggrieved party would be entitled to no less than $10,000 in recovery for each violation.
Similar language can be found in model legislation drafted by Americans United for Life.
Similar to HB 670, which failed to pass in 2015.