Legislators vote on Health Care Right of Conscience Act fuels legal and political debate over COVID-19 vaccine mandates

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Chicago Tribune

In a divisive vote pitting precautionary public health measures against personal liberties, Illinois lawmakers last month narrowly passed a measure intended to prevent a decades-old state law from being used to skirt coronavirus vaccination requirements. While the change to the state’s Health Care Right of Conscience Act was meant to provide greater clarity, its passage promises to only fuel the ongoing debate over vaccine mandates and provide Republicans a heated issue to use in next year’s elections against the Democrats who control Springfield. “I think mandates are just polarizing,” said s…

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