House passes bill protecting conscience rights of health-care workers

The Missouri House of Representatives on March 12 passed HCS HB 457, which contains broad conscience clause protections for workers in health care and research. The bill specifies that anyone providing or participating in a medical procedure or research cannot be required to participate or provide services that violate his or her religious, moral or ethical principles that are adherent to a sincere and meaningful belief in God or in relation to a supreme being. The bill now moves to the state senate for consideration.

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