Hess responds to Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act

April 2, 2015

IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess joined other leaders throughout Indiana who issued statements calling for acceptance and inclusion in the aftermath of passage of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Dean Hess' statement:

The recent passage of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has raised concerns across the nation, mainly regarding the perceived impact it could have in denying certain individuals equal rights. As a state institution, the IU School of Medicine could easily be branded as not being supportive of equal opportunity for everyone. We each have a responsibility to dispel any such thinking.

The care we provide to patients and our efforts to develop the next generation of physicians for Indiana and beyond are sacred responsibilities. Therefore, we have an obligation to ensure that all those with whom we work and all those we teach fully understand that there is no place in medicine for any form of discrimination. Every patient, learner, and colleague deserves our respect, appreciation and fair treatment. Anything less would be an insult to the profession of medicine.


Jay L. Hess, M.D., Ph.D., MHSA
Vice President for University Clinical Affairs
Dean of the School of Medicine
Walter J. Daly Professor
Indiana University

Editor’s note: New developments with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday, April 2, prompted this statement from Indiana University.