New Hampshire Health Care Freedom of Conscience Act (HB 670)
This law was last updated on Dec 19, 2017
HB 670 would allow health care providers, institutions, and payers to decline to counsel, advise, provide, perform, assist, or participate in providing or performing health care services that violate their consciences. Such health care services may include, but are not limited to, abortion, artificial birth control, artificial insemination, assisted reproduction, human embryonic stem-cell research, fetal experimentation, human cloning, and sterilization. “Conscience” refers to the religious, moral, or ethical principles held by a health care provider, health care institution, or a health care payer.
The law would prohibit all forms of discrimination, disqualification, coercion, disability, or liability upon individuals or institutions that decline to provide services.
Civil actions, damages or injunctive relief may be brought for any violation of this law. Upon finding a violation of this law, the aggrieved party would be entitled to no less than $5,000 in recovery for each violation.
Introduced and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Public Hearing set for 2/5/2015.