The Healthcare Rights of Conscience Act, Hsub 62, passed the Kansas Senate tonight: 23 -16,with 1 absent, under the shepherding of Sen. Garrett Love (R-Montezuma). The bill had passed the House on March 29 by a vote of 95-29, 1 absent, having been introduced in the House Judiciary committee by Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe), chairman.
The Healthcare Rights of Conscience Act updates 40-years-old state law protecting health professionals’ right to refuse participation in abortion and sterilization. Specifically, it will:
- broaden the institutions covered to any medical facility, not just hospitals,
- widen the category of morally objectionable procedures to include drugs and devices that are reasonably believed to have abortion-causing effects; and
- protect against forced referrals for such procedures, drugs and devices.
This bill was needed because the definition of abortion covered by conscience protection, did not include drugs and devices provided to non-pregnant women, i.e. birth control. Yet the line is increasingly blurring between abortion drugs like RU486– intentionally given to cause abortion– and chemically-similar “contraceptive” drugs like ‘Ella’. And the intense moral decision-making falls on doctors and pharmacists who actually effectuate the termination of human life.
Medical professionals have the right to keep their first amendment freedom of religion, especially in a culture of death where med schools have largely abandoned the Hippocratic oath. This is an important step to prevent Kansas pro-life medical professionals from being run out of medicine.
Sen. Love ably defended the bill, refusing to get sidetracked from the main issue by the usual confusing meanderings of pro-abortion (more…)