May 21, 2015

ACLU Illinois calls for end to medical personnel's right of conscience

The Illinois chapter of the ACLU is calling on Illinois lawmakers to pass legislation that would prohibit doctors, nurses and other medical personnel from exercising their First Amendment rights to speech, association and religion if it conflicts with the type of services and care their patients demand.

"You may be shocked to learn that current Illinois law permits doctors, nurses and other health care providers to deny information and health care to their patients based on the providers’ religious beliefs," the ACLU says on its website. "This law is wrong and must be changed in order to put patients first."

Doctors, nurses, medical personnel (including pregnancy crisis centers) will be required to inform their patients about protocols they may find objectionable. According to the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, ninety-five (95) percent of physicians in a national poll agreed with this statement: “I would rather stop practicing medicine altogether then be forced to violate my conscience.”

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