Bill Would Protect Medical Staff Refusing to Do AbortionNovember 20, 2017 |
by Kate Scanlon
WASHINGTON — Pro-life lawmakers renewed a push Wednesday for legislation they say would protect medical professionals who refuse to perform abortion procedures as a matter of conscience.
What would the bill do?
Authors of the Conscience Protection Act of 2017, which was introduced in January, say it would prohibit the federal government — as well as any state and local governments that receive federal funds for health services — from penalizing or discriminating against a medical professional who refuses to perform or assist an abortion procedure.