HB 1492 – AS INTRODUCED

2006 SESSION

06-2503

10/04

HOUSE BILL 1492

AN ACT granting immunity from liability to pharmacists who refuse to dispense an emergency contraceptive pill.

SPONSORS: Rep. Hunter, Hills 7; Rep. Hagan, Hills 17; Rep. McRae, Hills 7; Rep. Souza, Hills 11; Sen. Roberge, Dist 9

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

ANALYSIS

This bill grants immunity from liability to pharmacists licensed under RSA 318 who refuse to dispense an emergency contraceptive pill or “morning after pill.”

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

06-2503

10/04

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Six

AN ACT granting immunity from liability to pharmacists who refuse to dispense an emergency contraceptive pill.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 New Section; Pharmacists; Immunity. Amend RSA 318 by inserting after section 13 the following new section:

318:13-a Immunity From Liability for Pharmacists Refusing to Dispense Emergency Contraceptive Pill. No administrative proceeding shall be maintained by the board, no employment action or grounds for termination or discipline shall be maintained by an employer, and no civil action shall be maintained by any person, against a pharmacist licensed by the board who, in the performance of his or her duty under this chapter, refuses to provide an emergency contraceptive pill or “morning after pill” to any person with or without a prescription. A pharmacist shall incur no liability for such a refusal.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.