US HB6060 | 2021-2022 | 117th Congress

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 106-0)
Status: Introduced on November 19 2021 - 25% progression
Action: 2021-11-22 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Pending: House Subcommittee on Health Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

Provides statutory authority for certain protections for health care providers that refuse to participate in abortions based on religious beliefs or other convictions. Health care providers include individual professionals, medical facilities, health insurance organizations, and social services providers that refer clients to health care services. The federal government and entities that receive federal funding for health-related activities, including state and local governments, may not discriminate against a health care provider that refuses to be involved in, or provide coverage for, abortions. Currently, similar requirements apply to various related activities, including certain employment or personnel decisions (the Church Amendments), abortion services training (the Coats-Snowe Amendment), qualified health plans offered through health insurance exchanges, and annual appropriations bills for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies (the Weldon Amendment). The HHS Office for Civil Rights must investigate complaints of this kind of discrimination. Furthermore, HHS may terminate or reduce HHS funding for health-related activities if a person or entity fails to comply with nondiscrimination requirements. Additionally, the Department of Justice or any entity adversely affected by such discrimination may bring a civil action to obtain appropriate relief. A plaintiff does not need to seek or exhaust administrative remedies before bringing the action. A plaintiff may also bring an action, including one for money damages, against a governmental entity. In many cases, principles of sovereign immunity shield states and some localities from these kinds of actions.

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Title

Conscience Protection Act of 2021

Sponsors

Rep. Andy Harris [R-MD]Rep. Brian Babin [R-TX]Rep. Kat Cammack [R-FL]Rep. Richard Hudson [R-NC]
Rep. Glenn Grothman [R-WI]Rep. Jeff Duncan [R-SC]Rep. Robert Aderholt [R-AL]Rep. Bill Posey [R-FL]
Rep. William Timmons [R-SC]Rep. Doug Lamborn [R-CO]Rep. Ralph Norman [R-SC]Rep. Jody Hice [R-GA]
Rep. Ted Budd [R-NC]Rep. Andy Biggs [R-AZ]Rep. Mary Miller [R-IL]Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH]
Rep. Alexander Mooney [R-WV]Rep. Yvette Herrell [R-NM]Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY]Rep. Blake Moore [R-UT]
Rep. Earl Carter [R-GA]Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE]Rep. Lauren Boebert [R-CO]Rep. Rodney Davis [R-IL]
Rep. Gary Palmer [R-AL]Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC]Rep. Brian Mast [R-FL]Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX]
Rep. Ashley Hinson [R-IA]Rep. Tim Walberg [R-MI]Rep. David McKinley [R-WV]Rep. Mike D. Rogers [R-AL]
Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA]Rep. Randy Weber [R-TX]Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX]Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks [R-IA]
Rep. Robert Good [R-VA]Rep. Chip Roy [R-TX]Rep. Barry Moore [R-AL]Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer [R-MO]
Rep. Jacob Laturner [R-KS]Rep. Robert Latta [R-OH]Rep. Lance Gooden [R-TX]Rep. Lloyd Smucker [R-PA]
Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH]Rep. Darin LaHood [R-IL]Rep. Garret Graves [R-LA]Rep. Eric Crawford [R-AR]
Rep. John Rutherford [R-FL]Rep. David Rouzer [R-NC]Rep. Glenn Thompson [R-PA]Rep. John Moolenaar [R-MI]
Rep. Kevin Hern [R-OK]Rep. Peter Meijer [R-MI]Rep. Ben Cline [R-VA]Rep. Matt Rosendale [R-MT]
Rep. Larry Bucshon [R-IN]Rep. Barry Loudermilk [R-GA]Rep. Bill Huizenga [R-MI]Rep. Jerry Carl [R-AL]
Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R-MO]Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX]Rep. Gregory Pence [R-IN]Rep. Rick Allen [R-GA]
Rep. David Kustoff [R-TN]Rep. Jack Bergman [R-MI]Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK]Rep. Jackie Walorski [R-IN]
Rep. Fred Keller [R-PA]Rep. Mike Bost [R-IL]Rep. Debbie Lesko [R-AZ]Rep. Ronny Jackson [R-TX]
Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO]Rep. Warren Davidson [R-OH]Rep. Julia Letlow [R-LA]Rep. Bryan Steil [R-WI]
Rep. Joe Wilson [R-SC]Rep. Elise Stefanik [R-NY]Rep. Lisa McClain [R-MI]Rep. Jim Banks [R-IN]
Rep. Tom Rice [R-SC]Rep. Adrian Smith [R-NE]Rep. Scott Fitzgerald [R-WI]Rep. Scott Franklin [R-FL]
Rep. Tim Burchett [R-TN]Rep. Daniel Webster [R-FL]Rep. Michael Simpson [R-ID]Rep. Brett Guthrie [R-KY]
Rep. Randy Feenstra [R-IA]Rep. Michael Guest [R-MS]Rep. Greg Steube [R-FL]Rep. Andrew Clyde [R-GA]
Rep. Dan Crenshaw [R-TX]Rep. Guy Reschenthaler [R-PA]Rep. Patrick Fallon [R-TX]Rep. Don Bacon [R-NE]
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R-FL]Rep. Morgan Griffith [R-VA]Rep. Trey Hollingsworth [R-IN]Rep. Mike Johnson [R-LA]
Rep. Michelle Fischbach [R-MN]Rep. Tom Emmer [R-MN]Rep. Markwayne Mullin [R-OK]Rep. Bob Gibbs [R-OH]
Rep. Tracey Mann [R-KS]Rep. Nicholas Taylor [R-TX]

History

DateChamberAction
2021-11-22HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Health.
2021-11-19HouseReferred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
2021-11-19HouseIntroduced in House

Same As/Similar To

SB401 (Same As) 2021-02-24 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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