Genetic counseling; repeals conscience clause. (SB1178)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Genetic counseling; conscience clause. Repeals the conscience clause for genetic counselors who forgo participating in counseling that conflicts with their deeply held moral or religious beliefs, provided that they inform the patient and offer to direct the patient to the online directory of licensed genetic counselors maintained by the Board of Medicine. The law being repealed also prohibits the licensing of any genetic counselor from being contingent upon participating in such counseling. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/08/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101267D
01/08/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/11/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1178)
01/13/2021Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
01/28/2021Reported from Education and Health (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Read second time and engrossed
02/02/2021Read third time and passed Senate (24-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Placed on Calendar
02/05/2021Read first time
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/09/2021Assigned HWI sub: Health Professions
02/11/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/16/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Read second time
02/19/2021Read third time
02/19/2021Passed House (55-Y 45-N)
02/19/2021VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1178ER)
02/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1178ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
02/26/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021
02/26/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 240 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0240)