Missouri Conscience Protection Bill of 2015 (HB 432)
This law was last updated on Oct 12, 2016
HB 432 would allow medical professionals and health-care institutions to refuse to participate in medical procedures or research that violate their conscience, including surgical and medication abortions, contraception, assisted reproduction, human cloning, and human embryonic stem-cell research. The bill would also immunize medical professionals and health-care institutions from civil and criminal liability based on their refusal.
The bill would also prevent any kind of discrimination or retaliation against health-care professionals who refuse to participate in health-care services that violate their conscience.
The bill defines “conscience” as “religious, moral or ethical principles.” The bill states that a health-care institution’s conscience “shall be determined by reference to its existing or proposed religious, moral, or ethical guidelines, mission statement, constitution, by-laws, articles of incorporation, regulations, or other relevant documents. The bill further states that a medical professional’s conscience means “a sincere and meaningful belief in God or in relation to a supreme being, or a belief which, though not so derived, occupies in the life of its possessor a place parallel to that filled by God among adherents to religious faiths.”