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H.R. 5272 (114th): Do No Harm Act

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About the bill

The 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) says no law can impede someone’s right to practice their First Amendment religious freedoms, even if a law wasn’t deliberately or intentionally designed to single out a specific religion or religious belief. The law states, “Government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.” But what counts as a “substantial burden” to religious freedom?

H.R. 5272, the Do No Harm Act, is a Democrat-crafted bill that would change how the law answers that question. If passed, it could potentially affect the health of millions of women and the future of the pro-life movement.

The bill and its context

The 2014 Supreme Court decision Hobby Lobby v. Burwell helped clarify …

Sponsor and status

Joseph Kennedy III

Sponsor. Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 18, 2016
Length: 4 pages
May 18, 2016
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 18, 2016, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


36 Cosponsors (36 Democrats)



May 18, 2016

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 5272 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5272. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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