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Idaho Sterilization Refusal Clause

This law was last updated on Nov 28, 2016

This law is Anti–Choice




Idaho Code § 39-3915




Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

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Idaho Code section 39-3915 allows physicians, nurses, technicians, or physician, hospital, or governmental agency employees to refuse to provide or participate in sterilization procedures.

No hospital may be required to furnish facilities or admit any patient for sterilization procedures if, upon determination by its governing board, it elects not to do so.

No physician, nurse, technician or other employee of any hospital, physician or governmental agency may be required to assist or participate in any sterilization procedure if he or she objects in writing for religious or moral reasons.

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

The law, enacted in 2003, does not require refusing entities or individuals to provide notification or referrals to patients seeking sterilization procedures.