Little Rock, Ark., Mar 17, 2021 / 06:01 pm (CNA).- With a 72-20 House vote on Monday, both chambers of the Arkansas General Assembly have approved a bill allowing medical providers to refuse participation in acts that violate their conscience.

The March 15 vote on the Medical Ethics and Diversity Act was largely along party lines. Two Republicans, Craig Christiansen and Joe Jett, voted against the bill; and seven lawmakers — three Republicans and four Democrats — abstained.

The bill, which was passed by the Senate in February, will return there for the reconciliation of amendments.

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