A national campaign to force health care providers to participate in abortion threatens the civil rights of health care professionals and other health care entities. The Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) (H.R. 361, S. 165) strengthens existing federal conscience protection laws and affirms the principle that no health care entity should be forced by government to perform or participate in abortions. ANDA will codify the Hyde/Weldon conscience protection amendment that has been part of annual appropriations law since 2004. ANDA also enhances enforceability, and will allow federal courts to provide the remedies needed to stop discrimination.
On July 18, 2012, a House Appropriations subcommittee approved the Fiscal Year 2013 Labor/Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill with two important conscience protection provisions, one of which incorporated ANDA.
At the end of the 112th Congress, H.R. 361 and S.165 were pending in committee.
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