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Indiana Health Provider Ethical Exemption Bill (SB 201)

This law was last updated on Jul 2, 2019

This law is Anti–Choice




SB 201




Jan 3, 2019


Primary Sponsors: 20
Co-sponsors: 5
Total Sponsors: 25


Conscience and Refusal Clauses

Full Bill Text

SB 201 allows nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists to refuse to participate in an abortion—or prescribe an abortion-inducing drug—if doing so would be contrary to any religious or moral belief. Current state law only applies to physicians or employees of hospitals and abortion facilities.

The original version of the bill would have allowed health-care providers to refuse to perform or participate in an abortion if doing so would be contrary to any religious or moral belief.

The bill would have included health-care providers from being required to perform an abortion or assist or participate in procedures intended to result in an abortion if the health-care provider objects to the procedures on ethical, moral, or religious grounds. Current state law only applies to physicians and employees.

The original version defined “health-care provider” to mean a person who holds an unlimited or probationary license, certificate, or registration; a temporary license, certificate, registration or permit; an intern permit; or a provisional license; issued by the appropriate board, including a certificate of registration.

Latest Action

1/3/19 – Introduced; referred to Senate Health and Provider Services Committee.

2/14/19 – Amended; committee report do pass.

2/19/19 – Passed the Senate by a 39-1 vote.

3/6/19 – Passed house committee by a 9-4 vote.

3/14/19 – Amended; passed the House by a 69-25 vote.

4/1/19 – Senate concurred by a 38-8 vote.

4/24/19 – Signed into law by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb. The law is scheduled to take effect July 1.