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Ohio governor signs conscience protections for medical professionals into law

Thursday, Jul 1, 2021

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Stephanie Nichols regarding Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s approval of vital conscience protections for doctors, nurses, and other medical providers as an amendment to the state budget. These protections ensure that medical professionals and organizations cannot be forced to participate in healthcare services that violate their conscience:

“No American should be forced to violate their ethical and religious beliefs; doctors, nurses, and other medical providers are no different. The conscience protections included in the Ohio state budget ensure that no medical professional is compelled to breach their oath to ‘do no harm’ by being required to participate in procedures or treatments that violate their conscience. Driving out doctors, nurses, and other medical providers from their professions because of their faith means fewer healthcare options for patients at a time when our nation’s healthcare system is overstretched and experiencing a dire shortage of providers. We commend Gov. DeWine and the Ohio Legislature for providing more choices for patients by protecting the right of Ohio medical professionals—our healthcare heroes—to operate according to their ethical and religious beliefs.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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ABOUT Stephanie Nichols

Stephanie Nichols serves as legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Legislative Advocacy. She is an advocate for religious freedom, freedom of conscience and a free marketplace of ideas. She is passionate about protecting the ability of citizens to fulfill their callings by protecting conscience rights for all people. Her special focus at ADF is legislation to protect medical conscience rights. Prior to joining ADF, Nichols was in private practice in the areas of business law, estate planning, illegal taxation and real estate. She also assisted with freedom of conscience, religious liberty, freedom of speech and pro-life efforts in Arkansas. Nichols began her career in commercial litigation and then worked in higher education administration for Arkansas State University-Beebe, where she worked in federal and state legislative relations, risk management, public relations and policy issues. Nichols holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she served on the editorial board of the Arkansas Law Review and graduated summa cum laude. She also holds a Master of Arts in journalism degree from the University of Arkansas.