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Proposed Federal Laws

U.S. House of Representatives

2016
   

Bill HR 4828 Conscience Protection Act of 2016

 

Introduced 22 March, 2016, and referred to House Committee on Energy and Commerce

2013
   

HR 940 Health Care Conscience Rights Act

 

Introduced and referred to committee 4 March, 2013

2012
   

2013 Appropriations Bill

 

Passed out of Committee July, 2012

2011
 

HR358 Protect Life Act

 

Passed House of Representatives in October, 2011.

HR361 Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2011

 

Introduced in the House of Representatives 20 January, 2011.  Referred to committee

HR3 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

 

Introduced in the House of Representatives 20 January, 2011.  Passed House on 4 May, 2011

HR1179 Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011

 

Introduced in the House of Representatives 17 March, 2011.  Referred to committee

2010
   

HR5939 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

 

Introduced in the House of Representatives 29 July, 2010.  Referred to committee

HR6570 Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2010

 

Introduced in the House of Representatives 22 December, 2010.  Referred to committee

2009
   

HR3400 Empowering Patients First Act

   

HR3962 Affordable Health Care for America Act

 

Passed House of Representatives 7 November, 2009

2003
   

HR3664 Abortion Non-Discrimination Act

 

Identical to HR4691 and S1397.
Incorporated into appropriations bill as the Weldon Amendment

2002
   

HR4691 Abortion Non-Discrimination Act

 

Identical to HR 3664 and S1397.
Incorporated into appropriations bill as the Weldon Amendment.

1994
   

S.2351 - Health Security Act

 

Last considered on 19 August, 1994 and did not proceed further. 

U.S. Senate

2013
   

S1204 Health Care Conscience Rights Act

 

Introduced 20 June, 2013 and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

2012
   

S2043 Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012

 

Introduced in the Senate 31 January, 2012 

S2092 Religious Freedom Protection Act of 2012

 

Introduced in the Senate 9 February, 2012

2011
   

S1467 - Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011

 

Introduced in the Senate 1 August, 2011.  Referred to committee

HR1179 - Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011

 

Introduced in the House of Representatives 17 March, 2011.  Referred to committee

2009
   

Coburn Budget Amendment

 

Amendment to budget bill.  Defeated 2009-04-02.

HR3590 Substitute   Original protection of conscience provision
HR3590 Coburn Amendment   Prevented from coming to vote.
HR3590 Blackburn Amendment   Prevented from coming to vote
2003
   

S1397 Abortion Non-Discrimination Act

 

Identical to HR4691 and HR3664. 
Incorporated into appropriations bill as the Weldon Amendment.


Proposed State Laws and Regulations

Alabama
2015 House Bill 491   14 April, 2015- 1st Reading
2013 House Bill 31    14 January, 2014- 1st Reading

2012 House Bill 375

 

26 April, 2012- 2nd Reading

2012 Senate Bill 105

 

1 March, 2012- 2nd Reading

2011 Senate Bill 46

 

Pending


Alaska

2011 Senate Bill 14

 

Pending


Arizona

2012 Senate Bill 1365

 

28 Feburary, 2012- Passed Senate

2009 House Bill 2564

 

Pending.

2007 House Bill 2572
(Assisted Suicide)

   

2005 Senate Bill 1485

 

Retained.

2005 House Bill 2541

 

Vetoed by governor.

2001 House Bill 2564

 

Failed.

2017 Senate Bill 1439    


Arkansas

2013  House Bill 1898

   

2011 House Bill 1983

   


California

2007 Assembly Bill 374(Assisted Suicide)

   

2005 Senate Bill 644(Pharmacy)

   

2005 Assembly Bill 654(Assisted Suicide)

   

Florida

2012 Senate Bill 598

   

Georgia

2005 House Bill 566

   

2005 House Bill 1445

   

2005 Senate Bill 123

   

Hawaii

Senate Bill 1995
(Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia)

   

Idaho

2010 Senate Bill 1353

 

Replaced SB 1270.  Passed Senate 2010-02-26.  Passed 2nd reading in House 2010-03-12

2010 Senate Bill 1270

 

Introduced Senate 2010-01-22.  Replaced by SB 1353.

2009 House Bill 216

 

Passed House 2009-03-24


Illinois

2015 Senate Bill 1564

 

Passed Senate 2015-04-22.  First reading in House 2015-04-22.  Referred to Rules Committee

2006 House Bill 4346

   

Indiana

2001 House Bill 1631

   

2001 Senate Bill 297

   

1999 Senate Bill 147

   

1999 House Bill 1734

   

Kansas

2012 House Sub for SB62

   

2012 House Bill 2523

   

2002 House Bill 2711

2001 Senate Bill 325

   

2001 House Bill 2491

   

Kentucky

2002 Senate Bill 109

 

Passed February, 2002

2001 House Bill 106

   

1998 House Bill 687

   

Louisiana
2011 House Bill 636    

2004 House Bill 1650

   

Masschusetts
2013 House Bill 1998     

2012 Initiative Petition

   
Michigan
2013 Senate Bill 136   Introduced 2013-01-31.  Referred to Senate Committee

2012 Senate Bill 975

 

Introduced 2012-02-16.  Referred to Senate Committee

2005 House Bill 4746

 

Passed House 2006-04-26. Referred to Senate committee.

2005 House Bill 4745

 

Passed House 2006-04-26. Referred to Senate committee.

2004 Senate Bill 972

 

Referred to committee.

2003 Senate Bill 896

 

Referred to committee.

2003 Senate Bill 895

 

Referred to committee.

2003 Senate Bill 894

 

Referred to committee.

2003 House Bill 5278

 

Passed House 2004-04-22. Referred to Senate committee.

2003 House Bill 5277

 

Passed House 2004-04-22. Referred to Senate committee.

2003 House Bill 5276

 

Passed House 2004-04-22. Referred to Senate committee.

2003 House Bill 5006

 

Passed House in 2004-04-22. Referred to Senate committee.

2002 House Bill 6336

 

Referred to committee.

2002 House Bill 6326

 

Referred to committee.

2001 House Bill 5158

 

Referred to committee.

2000 House Bill 5290

 

Superseded by HB5158.


Minnesota

2005-2006 SF3032

   

2005-2006 SF2647

   

2003-2004 SF2919

   

2003-2004 HF2891

   

1999-2000 HF65

   

Missouri
2014 House Bill 1430   Passed House.  Entered Senate 13 February, 2014

2013 House Bill 457

 

Passed House.  Entered Senate 12 March, 2013

2012 House Bill 1541    

2012 Senate Bill 657

   

2011 House Bill 28

   

2004 Senate Bill 1119

   

2003 House Bill 480

   

2001 House Bill 762

   

2000 House Bill 2043

   

Montana

2011 Senate Bill 167

 

Passed House.  Defeated in Senate 2001-02-15.

2011 House Bill 413

   

Nebraska

2013 Legistlative Bill 564

  Introduced 23 January, 2013

2011 Legislative Bill 461

 

Passed House.  Defeated in Senate 2001-02-15.


New Hamphire

2012 House Bill 1653

   

2009 House Bill 0304

   

2006 House Bill 1492

   

2001 House Bill 1209

   

New Jersey
2014 Assembly Bill 2270   Assisted suicide bill introduced 6 February, 2014.

2006 Assembly Bill 2016

   

North Carolina
2013 House Bill 730   Passed House.  Referred to Senate Committee

2005 House Bill 1407

 

Referred to committee.

2003 House Bill 642

 

Referred to committee.

2003 House Bill 962

 

Referred to committee.

2003 Senate Bill 595

 

Referred to committee.

2003 Senate Bill 942

 

Referred to committee.


Ohio

2003-2004 House Bill 68

2001-2002 House Bill 71

   

Oregon

1999 House Bill 2010

 

Defeated 17 May, 1999


Pennsylvania

2015 Senate Bill 292

 

   

South Carolina

2011 House Bill 3408

   

South Dakota

2007 Senate Bill 187

   

2006 House Bill 1184

 

Defeated 7 February, 2006

     

Tennessee
2013 Senate Bill 514    
2013 House Bill 1185    

2005 Senate Bill 76

   

2003 House Bill 1383

   

Virginia

2003 House Bill 1741

   

2002 House Bill 563

 

Superseded by HB1741


Washington (State)

2004 Senate Bill 6222

   

2003 Senate Bill 5878

   

Wisconsin

2005 Senate Bill 155

 

Referred to committee

2005 Assembly Bill 207

 

Referred to committee

2003 Senate Bill 21

   

2003 Assembly Bill 67 (1)

Superseded by AB67 (2)

2003 Assembly Bill 67 (2)

 

Passed June, 2003.

2003 Assembly Bill 63

 

Referred to committee

2001 Assembly Bill 307

 

Referred to committee

2001 Assembly Bill 168

 

Approved by the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on 18 April, 2001


Other Proposals

Note:

The text of pending and defeated protection of conscience bills and regulations can be accessed through the links below.

Bills that contain protection of conscience measures are included, even if the focus of the bill is not freedom of conscience. In some cases the protection of conscience measures are not fully satisfactory.

Most bills that have become law are listed at Protection of Conscience Laws: United States.

 

 

 

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