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H.R. 4265 (117th): Eliminating the HHS Discrimination Division Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 30, 2021 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

In existence since 2018, many Democrats believe the CRFD should be repealed.

Context

The hospital who, citing social distancing measures, denied a new mother who had contracted COVID-19 a visit by a Catholic priest.

The medical student who was required to shave his beard in order to wear the N95 respirator mask, in violation of his religious beliefs.

The hospital who forced a nurse to assist in performing an abortion, even though the nurse requested not to because of her objections to the procedure.

When generally-applicable healthcare statutes or policies come into conflict with individuals’ religious rights, which should prevail? In recent years, the debate has become more …


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4265

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 30, 2021

(for herself, Mr. García of Illinois, Ms. Jayapal, Ms. Scanlon, Ms. Norton, and Ms. Escobar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To abolish the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Eliminating the HHS Discrimination Division Act of 2021.

2.

Abolishment of Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

(a)

In general

Effective on the date that is 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services is abolished.

(b)

No substantially similar division

No Federal funds may be used to establish or operate any substantially similar division, agency, or office with respect to the programs and activities of the Department of Health and Human Services.

(c)

Transition

Before the effective date specified in subsection (a), the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall take such actions as may be necessary to transfer the assets, personnel, and liabilities of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division to other agencies and offices of the Department of Health and Human Services.