Proposed laws back health workers' right to deny care

01/30/2006 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

More states are considering bills that allow health workers to deny a broad range of treatments for patients based on the workers' personal beliefs. About half of the proposals concern pharmacists and would shield them from filling prescriptions for birth control and morning-after pills if they oppose abortions, but many of the bills are much broader, impacting treatments ranging from in-vitro fertilization to treatment for gays and lesbians.

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