Awaiting Governor’s Signature: Bill that will Open Hospital Doors for Pastors
On Wednesday the State Senate approved a bill that would require hospitals to allow pastors and other members of the clergy to visit patients even during a declared emergency – such as a pandemic. Over the past 18 months, hospitals have adhered to strict visitation policies and often times have turned pastors and other religious leaders away. The bill – which must be signed by Governor Roy Cooper before it can become law – would eliminate such closed doors. The bill was pushed through both the House and the Senate thanks to several stories of families who felt their spiritual and even physical health suffered because they were denied a visit by a pastor.