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DeWine Insists Doctors Won't Discriminate Because Of 'Conscience' Clause

Abortion protestors at Ohio Statehouse on June 29, 2021.
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Abortion protestors at Ohio Statehouse on June 29, 2021.

Despite pleas from women and minority groups, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine didn’t veto a clause that allows medical professionals to use their “conscience” to refuse to provide treatment that would violate their beliefs.

Hours after signing Ohio’s new two-year budget into law, DeWine took questions from reporters about his 14 vetoes and about one measure he didn't strike out. 

“People are not going to be discriminated against in regard to medical care," DeWine says.

DeWine said, for instance, doctors opposed to abortion are not performing those procedures. So, this, he said, would just put what’s happening now into law.

But some representatives of groups that represent women and minorities fear if a doctor is discriminating against a patient now because of their skin color, gender or choice of treatment, this would make it legal to continue to do so.  They say the language in the measure is too vague and open to interpretation.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.