November 10, 2021

Pritzker Signs Bill Stripping Conscience Rights from Illinoisans

On Monday, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB 1169 into law. This bill amends the Healthcare Right of Conscience Act so that Illinoisans can no longer use the law to receive exemptions from their employers' COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

SB 1169 amends the Healthcare Right of Conscience Act in such a way that none of the protections it provides can apply to measure designed to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. As a result, employers could potentially discriminate against those who object to COVID-19 vaccines. Individuals could be fired or excluded from consideration for schools or jobs.

Many pro-life advocates object to vaccine mandates and apply for conscientious exemptions. This is because all currently available COVID-19 vaccines were developed and/or produced with the use of stem cell lines harvested from aborted babies.

The amendment is set to come into effect on June 1, 2022.