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Senate OKs ‘Conscience’ Law 21-13

The Senate has voted 21-13 in favor of HB 187, the “narrow fix” to Idaho's “conscience” law to address living wills. The conscience law allows any health care provider to refuse to provide any type of treatment that violates the provider's conscience, if it has to do with abortion, emergency contraception, stem-cell research or end-of-life care. Seniors throughout the state and the AARP have raised strong objections to the inclusion of “end of life care” in that bill, saying it interferes with patients' legal rights to state in a living will what type of care they want to receive, and not receive, as they're dying. HB 187 says physicians must follow the living will law, but doesn't mention other health care providers/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: What do you make of the Idaho Legislature ignoring the wishes of AARP and many Idaho seniors re: end-of-life care?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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