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Idaho Abortion Refusal Clause

This law was last updated on Nov 28, 2016

This law is Anti–Choice




§ 18-612




Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

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Idaho Code section 18-612 allows physicians and hospitals to refuse to perform or provide abortion services.

No hospital upon objection by its governing board may be required to admit a woman or to furnish facilities for the purpose of abortion care. Neither may any physician be required to perform or assist in any abortion, nor may any nurse, technician or other employee of any physician or hospital be required by law or otherwise to assist or participate in the performance or provision of any abortion if he or she objects for personal, moral or religious reasons.

Any person intending to refuse to participate in abortion services must state their objection in writing.

The refusal to participate or admit may not be a basis for a claim for damages or recriminatory action.

The law, enacted in 1973, does not require the refusing entities to provide notification or referrals to patients seeking abortion services.


Similar to Idaho Code section 18-611.