H.R. 2740, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020 is a bill opposed by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) as it includes several provisions that roll back current pro-life policies. Among other things, H.R. 2740 would block implementation and enforcement of the recent rule, “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care,” issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. That rule would enforce approximately 25 existing longstanding statutory civil rights provisions that protect health care providers from suffering discrimination if they do not participate in abortion, sterilization, or assisted suicide.
Representative Cole offered an amendment to strike this language and permit the ‘‘Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care’’ rule to stand. NRLC supported the Cole Amendment. On June 12, 2019, the House of Representatives blocked the Cole Amendment by a roll call vote of 230 to 172. The amendment was supported by 189 Republicans and 3 Democrats. Voting against it were 230 Democrats. NRLC opposes passage of the underlying bill, H.R. 2740. House roll call no. 266, June 12, 2019.