ACLU: ‘Conscious Protection’ Bill Is Opposite of Religious Liberty

HB 730 Would Allow Public Hospital Employees to Refuse Abortion Care and Private Employers to Refuse Contraception Coverage for Women Because of Religious Beliefs

May 15, 2013

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RALEIGH, N.C. – A bill that would allow public hospital employees to refuse to participate in abortion care and private employers to deny contraception coverage to women because of their personal religious beliefs was approved by North Carolina House Judiciary Committee A today. House Bill 730 now heads to the full House for a vote.

In response, the ACLU of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) released the following statement:

“This bill would undermine a woman’s ability to make personal medical decisions and is the opposite of religious liberty,” said Sarah Preston, ACLU-NC Policy Director. “Politicians, employers, and hospital workers should not be allowed to force their personal religious views on women of different beliefs by making it harder for them to receive comprehensive and sometimes life-saving health care. We urge lawmakers to stand up for women and their right to make their own personal medical decisions by opposing House Bill 730.”

Read more about the ACLU’s opposition to H.B. 730 here.

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