Louisiana Conscience in Health-Care Protection Clause
This law was last updated on Dec 6, 2016
Louisiana law grants any person the right not to participate in any health-care service that violates his/her conscience to the extent that patient access to health care is not compromised.
The law prohibits any person from being held civilly or criminally liable, discriminated against, dismissed, demoted, or in any way prejudiced or damaged for declining to participate in any health care service that violates his/her conscience.
The law defines conscience to mean “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.”
The law defines health-care service to include “abortion, dispensation of abortifacient drugs, human embryonic stem cell research, human embryo cloning, euthanasia, or physician-assisted suicide.”
The law, enacted in 2009, requires the refusing individual to provide their declination when such services are requested.
All persons who have a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction and who seek employment at a health-care facility must notify the prospective employer of the existence of any sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction. Any health-care facility that employs a person with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction must ensure that the health care facility has sufficient staff to provide patient care in the event an employee declines to participate in any health-care service that violates his conscience.