Conscience bill amendment passes House over objections The “conscience law” that passed the Legislature last year gave health care professionals the right to opt out of providing any care they object to based on religious, moral or ethical grounds. It created concerns that a comatose patient’s end-of-life wishes, outlined in advance in a living will, could be ignored by health care professionals who cite the new law and refuse to end life support. The legislation approved Monday directs physicians to follow the wishes of living wills before ending their care for that patient.