Nebraska Health Care Freedom of Conscience Act (LB 564)
This law was last updated on Oct 12, 2016
LB 564 would have guaranteed individuals and institutions within the state of Nebraska the right to decline participation in health-care functions which violate their respective consciences.
“Conscience” could include religious beliefs, moral convictions, or ethical principles held by any health-care provider or health-care facility. Under the amendment, health-care providers would have been able to refuse to participate in any type of health-care service that conflicted with their beliefs, including abortion, embryonic stem cell research, providing birth control, and end-of-life care.
The bill would have prohibited all forms of discrimination against health-care providers that decline to provide services. Health-care providers would not have been held liable if they decline to provide services.
Referred to the Judiciary Committee. Indefinitely postponed on April 17, 2014.