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Idaho Passes Bill to Put 'Conscience' Between Patients & End of Life Rights
Date:3/17/2010

Legislation Would Allow All Health Care Professionals to Ignore Living Wills & Advance Directives for End of Life Care

BOISE, Idaho, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Idahoans may soon learn someone else's "conscience" at the worst possible time.  Today, after two days of heated debate, the Idaho House passed the Freedom of Conscience bill (SB 1353), which allows all health care professionals, including dieticians, nurses and pharmacists, to walk away from any end-of-life care that violates their conscience.

AARP strongly opposed the bill, stating that it could leave patient's needs, rights and wishes out in the cold, urging the "end of life" language be removed.  Thousands of calls and emails from AARP members in opposition to the bill flooded legislators' offices over the last several days.  A move to amend the bill to correct the issue was rejected yesterday.

"Today, the Idaho House said it's all right for health care professionals to ignore the wishes and instructions of their patients - and that's a dangerous direction for health care in our state," said Jim Wordelman, State Director for AARP in Idaho.  "AARP members across Idah
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