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October 18, 2021
The Health Care Right of Conscience Act among other rights, protects Illinois citizens right to refuse healthcare because of their moral beliefs. It states, “. ..The General Assembly finds and declares that people and organizations hold different beliefs about whether certain health care services are morally acceptable. It is the public policy of the State of Illinois to respect and protect the right of conscience of all persons who refuse to obtain, receive or accept, or who are engaged in, the delivery of, arrangement for, or payment of health care services and medical care whether acting individually, corporately, or in association with other persons; and to prohibit all forms of discrimination, disqualification, coercion, disability or imposition of liability upon such persons or entities by reason of their refusing to act contrary to their conscience or conscientious convictions in providing, paying for, or refusing to obtain, receive, accept, deliver, pay for, or arrange for the payment of health care services and medical care.” ( You can read the full law here.)
Governor Pritzker wants to make changes to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act denying your right to make health care decisions for your family. This Act has been securing Illinoisans’ right of conscience since its passage in 1977, over 44 years ago. The General Assembly passed this Act (at that time known as the “Right of Conscience Act,” House Bill 905) with virtually no opposition in both houses. Since that time, the General Assembly has amended the Conscience Act three times, most recently in 2019. Each time, the amendment both expanded and strengthened the Act’s protections. This Act does NOT need to be changed!