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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

US House to take up measure to block DC's abortion ideology coercion of faith-based groups

Rep. Diane Black
US House of Representatives leadership has added H.J. Res. 43 to the schedule for floor debate tomorrow and a likely vote either tomorrow or Friday.
H.J. Res. 43 is a resolution of disapproval sponsored by Rep. Diane Black to prevent implementation of the Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Act (RHNDA). RHNDA was adopted by the D.C. City Council late last year and transmitted to Congress on March 6 for a Congressional review period of 30 legislative days. The law will be enacted at the expiration of the 30 day period unless a joint resolution of disapproval is enacted. On April 21 H.J. Res. 43 was approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on a party line vote of 20-16.
RHNDA could restrict the First Amendment freedoms of pro-life organizations in two ways:
1.       Force a religious or pro-life advocacy group to make personnel decisions inconsistent with their sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions about the sanctity of human life.
2.       Mandate that religious and pro-life advocacy organizations provide insurance coverage for surgical abortion.

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