About the bill
In 2005, Maryland attempted to require every hospital in the state to provide abortion services. In response, Congress required that no federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that year could be used towards a state government, local government, or federal agency/program that was required to “provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.” A similar situation unfolded in California this summer.
Congress’s requirement came to be known as the Weldon Amendment, after former Rep. David Weldon (R-FL15) who originally introduced ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 6th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Feb 12, 2015
Length: 12 pages
114th Congress, 2015–2017
This bill was introduced on February 12, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.
What legislators are saying
“Fortenberry, Colleagues Reintroduce Health Care Conscience Rights Act”
— Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE1] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 26, 2015
“Barletta Backs Conscience Protections for Individuals Who Oppose Abortion”
— Rep. Lou Barletta [R-PA11, 2011-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 13, 2016
Mar 4, 2013
Earlier Version — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 940 (113th).
Feb 12, 2015
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
H.R. 940 (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.
This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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Health Care Conscience Rights Act, H.R. 940, 114th Cong. (2015).
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