BissMayMedical patients – and women in particular – in Illinois will be better informed about their medical care because of legislation sponsored by Senator Daniel Biss that was signed into law Friday.

Senate Bill 1564 is an update to Illinois’ Health Care Right of Conscience law, which allows medical providers to refuse certain medical treatments based on religious objections.

Illinois’ law had been among the broadest in the nation and failed to adequately protect patients’ rights to information about their medical condition and treatment options.

“This measure enables Illinois to restore some balance to the patient-doctor relationship in Illinois. Providers have been able to withhold vital information from patients that could mean the difference between life and death, all because of personal objections,” Biss said.

“Indeed, medical providers should and do have the right to refuse to offer certain treatments that are inconsistent with their faith. But we have a moral obligation to ensure patients are protected and have rights as well. They are entitled to information about their health and about the treatment options available to them so that they make informed decisions and access the services they need.”

Senate Bill 1564 was sponsored by Representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) in the Illinois House.

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