"It is important that our elected officials continue to protect these important rights, and no American ever be forced to be involved in abortion against their conscience or religious beliefs".
In an unconscionable abuse of power, for nearly two years the state of California has forced all insurance plans under its purview-and the people and institutions that pay the premiums-to subsidize abortion on demand. He then pointed out that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently reinterpreted current federal law to justify violating the religious beliefs and consciences of residents of California. Clinton ally offers trade for Trump tax returns Top GOP senator downplays IRS impeachment House approves bill to shield anti-abortion healthcare workers MORE (Wis.), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and House GOP Conference Chairwomen Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersHouse approves bill to shield anti-abortion healthcare workers Trump blasts media in meeting with House Republicans GOP campaign chief: Turn up the heat on Clinton MORE (Wash.). And if they do discriminate, this bill says the victims will have two avenues of relief: Either, file a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services.
And we shouldn't force those who oppose abortion to pay for abortions. Sadly, the Obama Administration has disregarded the law once again and refused to protect the rights of those opposed to abortion.
The House on Wednesday approved a controversial abortion bill that supporters say would help shield healthcare providers who refuse to perform the procedure on religious grounds.
In 2014, California began demanding that all health plans under its Department of Managed Health Care cover elective abortions. "The Conscience Protection Act will allow direct access to the federal courts for the victims of coercive pro-abortion government policies".
Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, an advisory board member with The Catholic Association, marked the House vote as a "victory" in protecting the freedom of nurses, doctors and others who work so hard to save lives.
"Faith-based organizations should be free to operate according to the faith they espouse and live out on a daily basis", said ADF Senor Legal Counsel Matthew Bowman.
Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins said the lack of enforcement of conscience protections for medical professionals presents them with "a nightmare".
House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that the House will vote tomorrow on the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (S. 304), which was introduced in the Senate by John Thune, R-SD, and supported in the House by Reps. Additionally, churches have asked the Obama administration to uphold the Weldon Amendment, a statute on the books already that is created to protect the conscience of health care providers. The bill allows healthcare providers to bring up a civil action. "That's all this bill says: The federal government or anyone who receives taxpayer dollars can not discriminate against heath care providers who do not perform abortions". Or, file a civil suit in court. "And if it violates your conscience, too bad".
Prominent pro-life groups have been urging a vote on the bill for years.