April 5, 2019

Positivity: Indiana Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Pharmacists to Refuse to Dispense Abortion Drugs

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Indianapolis, via LifeNews.com:

APR 2 2019, 3:14PM

The Indiana legislature passed a bill to expand conscience protections to pharmacists, nurses and physicians assistants by an overwhelming majority this week.

The bill, which passed the state House in March and Senate in a 38-8 vote on Monday, now heads to pro-life Gov. Eric Holcomb, the NWI Times reports.

The pro-life measure extends conscience protections to a wider group of medical workers who have a religious, moral or ethical objection to abortion. Currently, Indiana provides conscience protections for physicians, hospital employees and health clinic staff.

The bill would add nurses, physician assistants and pharmacists to the law. It also would add a prohibition to ensure that medical providers can not be forced to prescribe, administer or dispense abortion-inducing drugs.

“We respect the religious liberties of our citizens here in Indiana,” said state Sen. Liz Brown, who sponsored the bill. “What this does is extend those conscience protections, that religious liberties, to instances where they are now being required to participate in an abortion.”

This bill expands Indiana law to extend conscience protections to additional medical providers. Currently, physicians and hospital employees can object to participating in abortions for ethical, moral or religious reasons. SB 201, authored by Sen. Liz Brown, would extend conscience protections to other medical providers, including nurses, physician assistants and pharmacists.

“Chemical abortions are on the rise in Indiana,” shared Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “As more women seek chemical abortions that use pills, pharmacists and other health care workers may become unwilling participants in an abortion. Thank you to Sen. Brown for authoring this conscience protection bill. All health care providers must be able to practice their profession in Indiana without helping to end a child’s life against their conscience. We urge Gov. Holcomb to sign this important pro-life bill.” …

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