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

o are outraged by this bill and its implications on their living wills, advance directives and end of life care."

The Health Conscience bill enables any health care professional to object to and refuse to perform any end of life health service that violates his or her conscience.  The bill's vague language will mean any end of life service could be denied and ignored, regardless of the patient's living will and advance directives, which provide instructions for exactly how to address end of life care issues.

"This bill will leave patients struggling, unsure of what care they'll get when it comes to their end of life issues," added Wordelman.  "A deathbed is the wrong place to learn what violates someone else's conscience and what doesn't."

The legislation was introduced by Senator Chuck Winder, and co-sponsored by Senators Shirley McKague, Russell Fulcher, Leland Heinrich and Representatives Judy Boyle, Raul Labrador, Thomas Loertscher, Joe Palmer, James Ruchti and Erik Simpson.  AARP is encouraging its members to ca
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