The House has already passed the Conscience Protection Act by a 245-182 vote.
House Speaker Paul Ryan perfectly summed up what this legislation is all about: “Whoever you are—whatever you believe—I think this is one thing we can all agree on: No one should be forced to violate their conscience—least of all by the federal government.”
This bill answers a direct threat against Catholic health care workers. The ACLU has been filing lawsuits to force Catholic doctors and nurses to perform abortions. This is a big win for our First Amendment right to religious liberty.
And this legislation provides additional legal recourse for Catholic doctors and nurses who might face discrimination for not performing an abortion. Instead of only appealing to the Department of Health and Human Services, this bill would allow these doctors and nurses to file for relief in civil court as well.
But this bill isn’t law yet. We need to get this legislation passed in the Senate.
Sign our petition to Chairman Alexander to hold hearings on this important legislation right now!
Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.