A bill aiming to ensure health care providers can sue after suffering discrimination for refusing to participate in abortions is set to go before the House floor this week.
Introduced in March, The Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828) would add a private right of action to federal laws such as the Weldon, Coates-Snow, and Church amendments—laws created to protect the rights of health service providers who refuse to participate in or fund abortions on conscience grounds. While these amendments have always been signed annually as part of annual Labor/Health and Human Services (HHS) appropriations acts, the current administration has increasingly failed to enforce them and prohibited people discriminated against from taking their cases to court.
“To defend pro-life Americans’ fundamental rights, we need a clear definition of who’s protected and a method of enforcement that’s legally secure and workable,” Richard Doerflinger told the House Energy and Commerce Committee assigned to the bill at a Friday forum on protecting conscience rights. Doerflinger has directed pro-life activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “That would be provided by the Conscience Protection Act.”
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