S. 304 (Conscience Protection Act)
On Passage
House Roll Call No. 443
114th Congress, 2nd Session

Passed: 245-182 (see complete tally)

On July 13, 2016, the House passed (245-182) the Conscience Protection Act, a bill that would facilitate discrimination against women seeking abortion care while purporting to protect religious liberty. The Conscience Protection Act would expand and make permanent an annual appropriations rider known as the “Weldon Amendment” that pressures any federal agency or program, or any state or local government, with the potential loss of all its Labor-HHS funding if it doesn’t allow a health care entity to refuse to provide, pay for, cover, or refer for abortions. The Conscience Protection Act would make this right to refuse much broader, including for employers and insurance companies, and would give virtually any individual or entity standing to sue for an actual or threatened violation. The ACLU opposed this bill because it uses the cover of religious liberty to allow discrimination against women seeking constitutionally protected health care.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 443
Votes For : 245
Votes Against : 182
Not Voting : 6