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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
Congress Passes the Conscience Protection Act with a Wide Margin
July 15, 2016
© 2018 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center
The National Catholics Bioethics Center (the Center) congratulates the 245 members of the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828) by a wide margin on July 13, 2016. The Conscience Protection Act not only supports the Constitution of the United States, but also supports the religious liberty of hundreds of thousands of persons involved in the financing and delivery of health care. The Center joined twenty-five other major pro-life, religious, and health care organizations in an April 19, 2016, letter urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Conscience Protection Act. Signatories included ten medical groups representing tens of thousands of health care professionals who object to abortion and are seeking legal protection to serve their patients in good conscience. In that letter, the Center identified the escalating violations of religious freedom that necessitate the passing of this Act. The Center also apprised the Congress of more recent violations of religious liberty in a July 8, 2016, letter to the U.S. House of Representatives. The Center wishes to thank the Congresspersons who voted to support the Conscience Protection Act of 2016. Now the focus will be on the U.S. Senate, to demonstrate the same support for the U.S. Constitution and religious liberty.