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Nadia N. Sawicki Georgia Reithal Professor of Law

Conscience Laws in Health Care

“The Conscience Defense to Malpractice,” 108 California Law Review (forthcoming 2020)

This article presents the results of the first multijurisdictional study of procedural protections in state conscience laws relating to reproductive medical services. Focusing on civil immunity statutes, Sawicki finds that laws in a majority of states eliminate a patient’s common law right to recover damages when she is injured as a result of a medical provider’s conscience-based deviation from the standard of care.

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