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U.S. House of Representatives

Bill HR5939 (2010)

No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act

This bill was introduced by Representative Christopher Smith and referred to committee 29 July, 2010. This extract from the full text of the bill is the protection of conscience provision.

2d Session



To prohibit taxpayer funded abortions and to provide for conscience protections and and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

Section 1. Short Title

This Act may be cited as the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act."

Section 2. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funded Abortion and Providing for Conscience Protections

Title 1 of the United States Code is amended by adding at the end the following new chapter:

Chapter 4- Prohibiting Taxpayer Funded Abortions and Providing for Conscience Protections

(Sections 301 to 310 concern abortion funding. See full text of the bill.)

Section 311. No government discrimination against certain health care entities

(a) Nondiscrimination.

A Federal agency or program, and any State or local government that receives Federal financial assistance (either directly or indirectly), may not subject any individual or institutional health care entity to discrimination on the basis that the health care entity does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.

(b) Health care entity defined.

For purposes of this section, the term 'health care entity' includes an individual physician or other health care professional, a hospital, a provider-sponsored organization, a health maintenance organization, a health insurance plan, or any other kind of health facility, organization or plan.

(c) Administration.

The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services is designated to receive complaints of discrimination based on this subsection and coordinate the investigation of such complaints.



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