Have you heard of the Health Care Right of Conscience Act in Illinois?
It was established in 1998 and bans discrimination because of a person’s refusal to receive or participate in health care services contrary to their conscience.
The Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act (IL HCRCA) has been invoked in several lawsuits against Pritzker for his unconstitutional mandates.
During the upcoming veto session starting October 19th, Pritzker and Illinois Democrats are preparing to change the IL HCRCA.
After being bombarded with lawsuits citing Pritzker’s violation of the law, the Illinois Governor states that “bad actors have been trying to make schools less safe.”
So concerned parents and staff who want to retain medical freedom are making schools less safe?
According to Pritzker, yes.
“There are people that are extraordinarily irresponsible who are going around the state suing because they basically want to make our schools less safe,” Pritzker said. “That is not right, we are not at a moment where this pandemic is over we have to stand up for the safety of all the people in this state.”
It is these very extraordinarily “irresponsible” people who are pushing the Governor to change the IL HCRCA to further justify his tyrannical mandates.
KPVI has more on the story:
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been working to change the Health Care Right of Conscience Act, which some have invoked in the fight against COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
The 1998 Health Right of Conscience Act bans discrimination because of such persons’ refusal to receive or participate in any way in any particular form of healthcare services contrary to his or her conscience.
Some have said the law allows people to avoid getting the COVID-19 vaccine and evade Pritzker’s executive order mandating vaccination or regularly testing for health care workers, educators and other state employees.
Ameri Klafeta, of the ACLU of Illinois, said people are abusing the 1998 law and using it in a way that was not intended.
“The cases that have been brought under this law have always involved health care professionals,” Klafeta said. “This was never a law for individual citizens.”
The Health Right of Conscience Act was intended to help healthcare workers who had religious beliefs regarding certain procedures, Klafeta said.
“Where you would see this law invoked is a situation where a doctor or a nurse has a religious exemption to providing abortion care or birth control or something of that nature,” Klafeta said.
Emily Bittner, deputy chief of staff for the governor, told ABC 7 that the administration wants to clarify the Health Care Right of Conscience Act.
“The Health Care Right of Conscience Act was never intended to allow people to avoid public health guidance during a global pandemic. The administration supports efforts to clarify the law, so it cannot be misinterpreted by fringe elements,” Bittner said in a statement to the station.
Some say the state law allows a people to claim religious reasons to avoid the governor’s vaccine mandate. Attorneys have also filed lawsuits citing the 1998 law. Arguments are being made that the Health Care Right of Conscience Act (HCRCA) protects Illinoisans from being discriminated against in their job for not complying with a medical procedure.
In Adams County, health care workers are suing their employers under the act. Some schools are excluding staff with some saying the HCRCA protects them. Some school officials say possible lawsuits using the HCRCA are why they’re not excluding school staff for not complying. A teachers’ union told members to expect the issue to surface during the upcoming veto session.
“It is possible that the General Assembly may amend the HRCA to make it clear that requiring a test for COVID is not a violation of the act,” a letter sent to teachers covered by the Springfield Education Association. “Expect to hear more about this during the Fall veto session.”
Pritzker addressed some of the lawsuits on Tuesday at an unrelated news conference.
“We need to remember that we have to fight, not only for keeping our kids safe from the virus, but also our entire community,” the governor said.
Could a change to the IL HCRCA influence vaccine mandates for schools?
The law likely limits how much the City of Chicago and the state can enforce it’s vaccine mandates.
Today, CPS announced non-compliant staff will not be fired for refusing the COVID-19 jab but rather the district will “work with them”.
Will the district still “work with them” when the IL HCRCA changes in their favor?
It seems likely that any change to the IL HCRCA will limit our medical freedom and God-given right to chose what to do with our bodies.
Speak up now and call/email your Representatives to tell them you do NOT want them to change the IL Health Care Right of Conscience Act, before it’s too late.