Arkansas House panel advances health care objections bill

Arkansas House panel advances health care objections bill
An Arkansas House panel has advanced legislation to permit doctors to refuse to treat someone because of moral or religious objections. (Source: KAIT-TV)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas House panel has advanced legislation to permit doctors to refuse to treat someone because of moral or religious objections.

On Thursday, the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee endorsed the reworked bill that opponents say would allow discrimination against patients.

The bill says health care workers have the right to not participate in non-emergency treatments that violate their conscience.

Supporters say it protects workers from being forced to perform something that violates their conscience. Opponents say it would allow providers to use personal beliefs to turn LGBTQ patients away.

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