Alabama governor signs law requiring chemical castration for some sex offender parolees

USA Today

Elinor Aspegren

Alabama’s governor signed into law legislation that requires some sexual offenders to be chemically castrated before being released on parole.

Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, signed the bill Monday. It applies to sex offenders eligible for parole after being convicted of crimes involving children under 13. . . . [Full text]

Laxalt signs on to letter supporting “conscience protections” for health workers with religious objections

The Nevada Independent

Michelle Rindels

Republican gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Adam Laxalt has signed on to a letter supporting a new set of regulations that aims to protect health workers who don’t want to perform abortions, help transgender patients transition or take other actions because of religious or moral objections.

Laxalt joined 16 other attorneys general in signing the March 27 letter to Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The letter lauds the “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority” regulations, saying it’s important to return to obeying conscience protections enacted by Congress and restore the rule of law in Washington. . . [Full Text]

Alabama senate committee OKs assisted suicide ban, conscience bill

Both bills move to the full Senate.

Montomery Advertiser

Bryan Lyman

The assisted suicide ban, sponsored by Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, would it make it a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison to assist in a suicide or deliberately prescribe a drug to assist with a suicide. . . .

The conscience bill, sponsored by Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, would allow a health care provider to refuse to provide services they morally object to if they submit their objection in writing. The objection would not apply in life-threatening situations where no other providers were available . . . [Full text]

Alabama protection of conscience bill moves forward

‘Fetal Heartbeat Act,’ 2 other abortion bills receive OK in Alabama House committee

Erin Edgemon

An Alabama House committee gave favorable reports to three controversial abortion-related bills Wednesday morning. . .The Health Care Rights of Conscience Act would allow health care professionals to refuse to perform abortions, sterilization, human cloning and human embryonic stem cell research that violate their conscience on religious or ethical grounds. . . [Full text]

Alabama House Bill 491 (2015)

Health Care Rights of Conscience Act


Relating to health care, to allow health care providers to decline to perform any health care service that violates their conscience and provide remedies for persons who exercise that right and suffer consequences as a result. [Full text]