SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Gray TV) – Democrats are one step closer to changing the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act. House Democrats passed a proposal to clarify a portion of the law on a 64-52-2 vote late Wednesday night.
The vote came after nearly an hour and a half of debate.
Democrats said the 1998 law was never meant to be used during a pandemic. In fact, the current legislation passed to help medical providers who decided to not perform certain procedures if it was against their conscience.
Although, many Republicans argued Democrats are taking away a personal decision and creating a government mandate.
A growing number of people have used the law as a way to get out of the recent COVID-19 vaccine mandates for teachers and certain state employees. Gov. JB Pritzker and many Democrats believe people have misinterpreted the law in order to file lawsuits against the administration.
Clarifying the Health Care Right of Conscience Act
Sponsors of Senate Bill 1169 say this is only a clarification of the Health Care Right of Conscience Act. Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) said this amendment clarifies public officials and private companies can impose COVID-19 mandates as part of someone’s employment.