November 8, 2017

Rep. Chris Smith Hosting Press Conference on Conscience Protection Act

Rep. Chris Smith
Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) is hosting a press conference on November 8th at 10 a.m. on the Conscience Protection Act of 2017, which would uphold the conscience rights of health care providers, religious charities, and churches who are being forced to participate in or provide coverage for abortions.

Nurses who have been forced, against their religious beliefs, to participate in abortions at hospitals will also be present alongside members of Congress to tell their own stories of fighting against discriminatory health care policies, and to advocate for the passage of the Conscience Protection Act. Current federal law does not sufficiently protect the conscience rights of health care professionals and others.

The Conscience Protection Act passed the House as part of the FY18 House appropriations package (H.R. 3354). (The text is identical to H.R. 644 by Rep. Diane Black and S.301, by Senator Lankford). Supporters are hoping to pass it as part of the appropriations bill for the 2018 fiscal year. It would provide a private right of action to those who are victims of abortion discrimination,, allowing them to take their case to court.

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