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house Bill H.R. 644

Conscience Protection Act of 2017

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Title

Conscience Protection Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit governmental discrimination against providers of health services that are not involved in abortion.

Summary

Conscience Protection Act of 2017 This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to codify the prohibition against the federal government and state and local governments that receive federal financial assistance for health-related activities penalizing or discriminating against a health care provider based on the provider's refusal to be involved in, or provide coverage for, abortion. Health care providers include health care professionals, health care facilities, social services providers, health care professional training programs, and health insurers. The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services, in coordination with the Department of Justice (DOJ), must investigate complaints alleging discrimination based on an individual's religious belief, moral conviction, or refusal to be involved in an abortion. DOJ or any entity adversely affected by such discrimination may obtain equitable or legal relief in a civil action. Administrative remedies do not need to be sought or exhausted prior to commencing an action or granting relief. Such an action may be brought against a governmental entity.

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      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedJanuary 24th, 2017
    I object to this overt slap in the face to the separation of church and state and want my MOC to remove themselves as co-sponsors.
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