CJR Staff
May 14, 2023

Ron DeSantis Signs Bill Giving Medical Freedom To Healthcare Workers...

Florida recently passed a law that will allow healthcare workers to make "conscience-based objections."

Healthcare workers in Florida can now make these objections based on sincerely held religious, moral, or ethical beliefs.

"Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed the Physicians Freedom of Speech bill, Senate Bill 1580, on Thursday in addition to three other pieces of legislation the governor’s office says will provide permanent protections for Floridians from the Biomedical Security State," reported Breitbart.

DeSantis Fights For Medical FREEDOM

"SB 1580 allows health care providers and health care payors to have the right to opt out of participation or payment for certain health care services on the basis of conscience-based objections. The bill defines conscience-based objections with respect to 'governing documents; any published ethical, moral, or religious guidelines or directives; mission statements; constitutions; articles of incorporation; bylaws; policies; or regulations,'" reported Breitbart.

"It is the intent of the Legislature to provide the right of medical conscience for healthcare providers and payors to ensure they can care for patients in a manner consistent with their moral, ethical, and religious convictions. Further, it is the intent of the Legislature that licensed healthcare providers and payors be free from threat of discrimination for providing conscience-based health care," the bill says.

Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal organization that fights for religious freedom, free speech, the sanctity of life, marriage, and family, and parental rights.

ADF celebrated the bill, calling it a "strong step."

"Americans shouldn’t be forced to violate their ethical and religious beliefs, and this certainly includes doctors, nurses, and other medical providers. Thankfully, SB 1580 is a strong step in outlining comprehensive protections in Florida law for medical conscience and freedom of speech for medical providers," said Stephanie Nichols, ADF Legal Counsel

"The legislation ensures that medical professionals aren’t compelled to breach their oath to ‘do no harm’ by being required to participate in procedures or treatments that violate their conscience," Nichols added.

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