by Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews.com
The House of Representatives has passed the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (S. 304), by a 245-182 vote.
Three dependable pro-life Democrats – Henry Cuellar, Daniel Lipinski, and Collin Peterson – voted for the bill, while one pro-abortion Republican – Richard Hanna – voted against it.
The bill, which would prevent the government from discriminating against any health care provider who refuses to “perform, refer for, pay for, or otherwise participate in abortion,” also allows victims of discrimination to sue in civil court.
The law would codify into law the Weldon Amendment, an amendment passed every year since 2004 but which Republicans and the U.S. Catholic bishops say the Obama administration has ignored.
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