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AG Yost’s Statement on “Conscience Clause” Lawsuit


(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issued the following statement on the City of Columbus’ lawsuit regarding the “Conscience Clause.” 

"It is amazing how little rights of conscience matter to those without one. This law was thoroughly vetted, is grounded in historical constitutional bedrock and passed by the elected representatives of the people of Ohio through the normal legislative process.

"This lawsuit is meritless, anti-democracy and authoritarian. The law will be vigorously – and I believe successfully – defended  in court."

The city’s lawsuit seeks to cancel a medical practitioner, health care institution, or health care payers’ right to decline to perform, participate in, or pay for any health care service which violates the practitioner’s, institution’s, or payer’s moral, ethical or religious beliefs or principles.


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