SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois governor has signed into law a change to the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act to prevent it from being used to avoid penalties for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker took the action Monday to stem what he said is the law’s misuse. Lawsuits have been filed by employees claiming they cannot be punished for refusing the vaccination because the law provides a conscience-based exception.
The Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act was adopted in 1978 to protect physicians from penalty or discipline for refusing to perform abortions because of a religious or moral objection.