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Legislative Spotlight

“Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”.H.R. 36; S. 1553

These bills make it a crime, punishable by a fine or prison up to five years, but not both, to perform an abortion on any unborn child who has a probable post-fertilization age of five months (20 weeks). This bill allows exceptions for abortions in the case of rape or incest and where the abortion is performed to save the life of the mother. Women upon whom the abortion is performed cannot be prosecuted under this act. [UPDATE: The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1797 on 5/13/2015.]

“No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015” - H.R. 7; S. 582

Introduced by Sen. Roger Wicker in the Senate and Rep. Chris Smith in the House, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015” prohibits the use of federal funds for any health insurance plan that includes coverage for abortion services. [UPDATE: The House of Representatives passed H.R. 7 on 1/22/2015].

“Health Care Conscience Rights Act”. H.R. 940. This bill amends title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to declare that nothing in such title shall require an individual to purchase individual health insurance coverage that includes coverage of an abortion or other item or service to which the individual has a moral or religious objection, or prevent an issuer from offering or issuing, to that individual, individual coverage excluding such item or service.

“First Amendment Defense Act”. - H.R. 2802; S. 1598
Introduced by Rep. Labrador in the House and by Senator Lee in the Senate, this legislation would prohibit any federal government entity from taking an adverse or discriminatory action against a person on the basis of one’s religious or moral belief that (1) marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and (2) that sexual conduct should be reserved for marriage.

“Marriage Protection Amendment”. H.J. Res. 32. This proposed amendment to the United States Constitution defines marriage as consisting only of the union of a man and a woman. Furthermore, it prohibits either the U.S. Constitution or the constitution of any state from being construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon any other union. 

“Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2015”. - H.R. 1299; S. 667

Introduced by Rep. Mike Kelly in the House and by Senator Enzi in the Senate, the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2015 prohibits the federal government, or any state program funded by federal aid, from taking an adverse action against any child welfare provider that declines to provide, facilitate, or refer to a child welfare service that conflicts with the sincerely held religious beliefs of the provider.





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