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Conscience Clause

The so–called Conscience Clause is likely to be one step closer to becoming law, despite the objections of Assembly Democrats.

Democrats called a press conference this morning to reiterate their objections to the bill.

It would protect health care workers and med students if they objected to performing certain procedures because of their religious beliefs.

It would also not allow employers to fire or discipline employees who refused to do certain work, like perform abortions, euthanasia, or work with stem cells or end of life procedures.

Democrats say the bill would put the beliefs of the worker over the rights of the patient.

"The core of being a professional is to put the interest of your patient or client ahead of your own. It's the bottom line," say Democratic Assemblyman Gary Sherman of Port Wing.


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