Current Issues

Sanctity of Human Life


“No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2014”. H.R. 7 & S. 946. These bills prohibit federal funding from being given to any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. Additionally, it prohibits the inclusion of abortion in any health care service furnished by a federal or District of Columbia health care facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government or the District. The bill also amends the IRS code to ensure that no tax credits or deductions are given for abortions as part of a “qualified health plan.”  [UPDATE: The House of Representatives passed H.R. 7 on 1/28/2014]


“Prenatal Non-discrimination Act (PRENDA)”. H.R. 447 & S. 138. These bills make it a criminal offense to knowingly or knowing attempt to: (1) perform an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought based on the sex, gender, color or race of the child, or the race of a parent; (2) use force or the threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection or race-selection abortion; (3) solicit or accept funds for the performance of such an abortion; or (4) transport a woman into the United States or across a state line for the purpose of obtaining such an abortion. This bill will not hold a woman whom a sex-selected or race-selected abortion is performed to be criminally prosecuted or held civilly liable.


“Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act”. H.R. 732 & S. 369. These bills make it a federal crime to transport a minor child across state lines for the purpose of receiving an abortion without parental consent or court waiver. This bill also imposes a fine and/or prison sentence on physicians who perform an abortion on an out-of-state minor without proper parental notification requirements.


“Life at Conception Act”. H.R. 1091 & S. 583.  These bills declare that the right to life is vested in every born and preborn human being. Additionally this bill states that including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.


“Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”. H.R. 1797 & S. 1670. 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 6/18/2013.]


“Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2012”. H.R. 2164. This bill makes it a crime for any person or entity, in or affecting interstate commerce, to: (1) perform or attempt to perform human cloning; (2) participate in an attempt to perform human cloning; or (3) ship, receive, or import the product of human cloning for any purpose.


“Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2013”. H.R. 3279. This bill requires that all insurance plans offered through a Health Benefit Exchange must have information about any abortion coverage prominently displayed in all marketing and advertising materials, comparison tools, and explanations of coverage and benefits. This bill also requires that the surcharge for abortion must be made known separately where public funding is prohibited and the premium of the plan is disclosed.


“District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”. S. 886. This bill makes it a crime, punishable by a fine or prison up to five years, but not both, to perform, within the District of Columbia, 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.


 

Religious Freedom

 


“Marriage and Religious Freedom Act”. H.R. 3133 & S. 1808. These bills prohibit the federal government from taking an adverse action against a person on the basis that such person acts in accordance with a religious belief that: (1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.


“Health Care Conscience Rights Act”. H.R. 940 & S. 1204. 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.


 

Marriage

 


“Marriage Protection Amendment”. H.J. Res. 51. 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. 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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