Advocate Health Care Must Revise Illegal Exemption Form

Aug 19, 2021

CHICAGO, IL – Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter to Advocate Health Care (also known as Advocate Aurora Health) regarding its unlawful religious exemption form that excludes protected legal religious beliefs regarding the undeniable association between COVID-19 injections and aborted fetal cell lines. Liberty Counsel is prepared to file a lawsuit if the medical organization does not respond by Monday, August 23, 2021, and revise its form and honor these federal protections and entitlements to accommodate those employees who have already submitted their forms and been denied.
Advocate Health, the largest health system in Illinois, employs over 70,000 employees in the state and elsewhere. Many of these employees are requesting religious exemptions and accommodations from the “Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy” which makes false claims about the use of aborted fetal cell lines in the injections.
However, all three of the currently available COVID injections are produced by, derived from, manufactured with, tested on, developed with, or otherwise connected to or “associated” with aborted fetal cell lines. There is no question about the accuracy of this determination, and Advocate Health is categorically false in its contrary directive to employees.
Many of the employees have sincerely held religious beliefs that because life is sacred from the moment of conception and abortion is the murder of an innocent human in violation of Scripture. Many also hold sincere religious beliefs against taking any “vaccines” or taking those derived from aborted fetal cell lines or those sold by companies that profit from the sale of products derived from abortion.

Illinois law dictates that employees at Advocate Health have the fundamental right to determine what medical care to accept and refuse. In fact, Illinois has a Health Care Right of Conscience Act that provides strong protection to all residents against discrimination based on health care choices. It states: “It shall be unlawful for any person, public or private institution, or public official to discriminate against any person in any manner, including but not limited to, licensing, hiring, promotion, or any other privileges, because of such person's conscientious refusal to receive, obtain, accept or participate in any way in any particular form of health care services contrary to his or her conscience” (emphasis added). 

Advocate Health employees with these sincerely held religious beliefs should include their objections to abortion-associated “vaccines” on their exemption forms. If they are denied religious exemptions, they should seek legal representation immediately. 

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Advocate Health Care must immediately revise its religious exemption form to include protected religious beliefs based upon the association of COVID-19 injections with aborted fetal cell lines. Advocate must also honor the religious exemptions of those employees who have already been denied based on this false directive. This is a violation of both state and federal law.” 

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