On July 13, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the Conscience Protection Act, a bill strongly supported by National Right to Life. This bill would strengthen federal conscience protections for health care providers, who face the increasingly frequent use of coercion by various state governments to compel participation in providing abortion. The bill would prohibit any level of government from discriminating against health care providers, including doctors, nurses, hospitals, and insurers, who decline to participate in abortions. In addition, it would empower victims to seek relief in federal court for violations of the federal conscience laws. A letter from National Right to Life to House members in support of the bill is posted here
. The bill passed the House by a margin of 245-182. It was supported by 242 Republicans and three Democrats, opposed by one Republican and 181 Democrats. The House inserted the Conscience Protection Act into a bill that originally dealt with a different subject, S. 304, and passed it under that number, but the text is the same as H.R. 4828, sponsored by Rep. John Fleming (R-La.). Similar provisions also were contained in H.R. 940, sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tn.). The Conscience Protection Act has been introduced in the Senate by Senator James Lankford (R-Ok.) as S. 2927. Roll call no. 443.