IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
October 7, 2015
Mr. Vitter (for himself and Mr. Tillis) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to allow for greater State flexibility with respect to excluding providers who are involved in abortions.
This Act may be cited as the
Women’s Public Health and Safety Act.
Increasing State flexibility in determining participation of providers who perform, or participate in the performance of, abortions
Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a) is amended—
in subsection (a)(23), by striking
subsection (g) and inserting
subsection (g), subsection (ll),; and
by adding at the end the following new subsection:
Rules with respect to determination of participation of providers who perform, or participate in the performance of, abortions
Beginning October 1, 2015, subject to paragraph (2), for purposes of this title, a State, at its option, may establish criteria with respect to the participation under the State plan (or under a waiver of the plan) of an institution, agency, entity, or person who performs, or participates in the performance of, abortions.
Paragraph (1) shall not apply to an abortion—
if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest; or
in the case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.
For purposes of this subsection, the terms
entity mean the entire legal institution, agency, or entity, or any part thereof, including any institution, agency, or entity that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with such institution, agency, or entity.