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Alabama Health Care Rights of Conscience Act of 2016 (HB 159)

This law was last updated on Oct 12, 2016

This law is Anti–Choice




HB 159


Failed to Pass


Feb 9, 2016


Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1


Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

HB 159 would allow health-care providers to refuse to participate in a health-care service that violates their conscience if the health-care provider has objected in writing prior to being asked to provide that service. The bill would also immunize health-care providers from civil and criminal liability based on their refusal to participate, except when their refusal would immediately endanger the life of a patient.

The bill would prevent any kind of discrimination or retaliation against health-care providers who refuse to participate in health-care services that violate their conscience. The bill would also allow students to refuse to participate in health-care services and would prohibit penalizing a student if that student “subscribes to a particular position on one or more of the four health-care services [abortion, human cloning, human embryonic stem cell research, and sterilization].”

The bill defines “conscience” as “the religious, moral, or ethical principles held by a health care provider.”

The bill defines “health care service” as “patient medical care, treatment or procedure that is limited to abortion, human cloning, human embryonic stem cell research, and sterilization, and is related to: Testing, diagnosis or prognosis, research, instruction, prescribing, dispensing or administering any device, drug, or medication, surgery, or any other care or treatment rendered or provided by health care providers.”


Indefinitely postponed on April 28, 2016.

Similar to HB 491, which failed to pass in 2015.

Similar to SB 251 and HB 354, both of which failed to pass in 2014.


Primary Sponsor