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April 2, 2021

Arkansas Gov. Signs Bill to Protect Conscience Rights

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R)
In addition to the ultrasound law that he signed this week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson also signed a bill last week that protects the conscience rights of pro-life healthcare workers.

On March 26, Hutchinson signed a bill that allows health care workers to refuse to participate in non-emergency treatments if those treatments violate their consciences. These protections apply to medical workers, hospitals, and insurance providers.

“I support this right of conscience so long as emergency care is exempted and conscience objection cannot be used to deny general health service to any class of people,” said Hutchinson in a statement. “Most importantly, the federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender, and national origin continue to apply to the delivery of health care services.”

Arkansas Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe underscored the importance of these protections:

“In short, there is a concerted effort underway to compel the entire medical sector to adopt a utilitarian secular ethical outlook that would either force pro-lifers, orthodox Catholics, etc. to violate their deepest held moral beliefs as the cost of medical licensure, or compel them — as a matter of personal conscience — to get out of medicine.”

This new Arkansas law is set to take effect later this summer.

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