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SC governor signs bill strengthening conscience protections for medical professionals

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The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Matt Sharp regarding South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s signing Friday of the Medical Ethics and Diversity Act, a bill that protects doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals and organizations from being forced to participate in specific healthcare services that violate their conscience:

“Americans shouldn’t be forced to violate their consciences, and doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are no exception. Patients are best served by medical practitioners who are free to act consistent with their oath to ‘do no harm.’ The MED Act ensures that medical professionals are not compelled to breach this oath by being required to participate in specific procedures or treatments that violate their ethical, moral, or religious beliefs. As the Biden administration continues to attack medical conscience rights at the federal level, we commend Gov. McMaster and the South Carolina Legislature for standing with medical professionals and the patients they serve by enacting the MED Act. Thanks to their leadership, South Carolina’s healthcare heroes are free to care for all patients in a compassionate, ethical manner.”

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Senior Counsel, Director of Center for Public Policy
Matt Sharp serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is the director of the Center for Public Policy.