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Featured Blog: 'AL HB31: Where Saving a Woman's Life Becomes a Question of Conscience'

February 4, 2014

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 "AL HB31: Where Saving a Woman's Life Becomes a Question of Conscience," Caperton, Feministe: The Alabama Senate is expected to take up a state House-approved bill (HB 31), "which would allow the entire hospital staff, including but not limited to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, counselors, and social workers, to refuse to provide medical care in situations that would 'violate their conscience,'" Caperton writes. Under the bill, which will apply to "abortion, human cloning, human embryonic stem cell research, and sterilization" services, "every provider in the ER can refuse to treat [a woman experiencing a miscarriage] if treatment would result in the termination of the pregnancy" and her life is not in "immediate danger," Caperton adds (Caperton, Feministe, 1/31).