Walorski Voices Support for Conscience Protection Act

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Walorski Voices Support for Conscience Protection Act

Bill Protects Pro-Life Health Care Providers from Discrimination for Declining Involvement in Abortions as a Matter of Conscience

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today spoke on the House floor about the Conscience Protection Act, a bill she co-sponsored to reaffirm and codify existing conscience protections for pro-life health care providers and give them legal recourse to defend themselves from discrimination for refusing to take part in abortions as a matter of conscience. The House is expected to vote on the legislation later today.

Video of Walorski’s remarks is available here. The full text is below.

“I rise today in strong support of the Conscience Protection Act, a bill I co-sponsored to protect pro-life health care providers from discrimination.

“Doctors, nurses, employers, social service agencies, and insurance plans that chose not to take part in abortions as a matter of conscience should not face discrimination or penalty.

“This bill reaffirms protections already in place by prohibiting the federal government and entities that receive federal funding from discriminating against or penalizing those who are exercising their conscience rights.

“Most importantly, it gives victims of discrimination legal recourse to defend themselves.

“Currently, it’s up to the Department of Health and Human Services to enforce the law – and that’s something this administration has not always been willing to do.

“The Conscience Protection Act will give pro-life health care providers and employers full conscience protections without loopholes or uncertainty.

“I urge my colleagues to support this essential bill to protect life and those who exercise their conscience rights.

“Thank you, and I yield back.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

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