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Lawmakers approve conscience protection measure

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A controversial health care proposal cleared the Health Committee during the second day of the 2014 Legislative Session.  Alabama lawmakers and social conservatives want to give health care workers option to exclude themselves from participating in abortions and other procedures.

It's called the 'conscience protection measure'. It was proposed by Rep. Becky Nordgren who says the latest version would allow health care workers to object in writing to abortions, embryonic stem cell research, cloning research and sterilization procedures. Employers then could not punish the employees.  In recent years, similar versions have died in the Senate but House Bill 31 cleared the Health Committee on Wednesday.

Nordgren also added that this bill does not apply to workers at licensed abortion clinics and it requires an employee to stay on the job until a replacement is available in a life-threatening situation.

Opponents to the conscience protection bill say the proposal threatens women's health care rights.



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