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H.R. 644 (115th): Conscience Protection Act of 2017

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To amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit governmental discrimination against providers of health services that are not involved in abortion.

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Sponsor and status

Diane Black

Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 24, 2017
Length: 10 pages
Jan 24, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 24, 2017, 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).


140 Cosponsors (138 Republicans, 2 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Smith and Colleagues Stand with Healthcare Heroes, Call for Conscience Protection Act to Become Law
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 8, 2017

Come and Read It Report
    — Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 12, 2018

Washington Watch - 3/12/18
    — Rep. Rob Woodall [R-GA7, 2011-2020] on Mar 12, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

Americans United for Life


Jan 24, 2017

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

H.R. 644 (115th) 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. 644. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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