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Proposed Federal Laws

U.S. House of Representatives
2017
 

Bill HR 644 Conscience Protection Act of 2017

Introduced 24 January, 2017, and referred to House Committee on Energy and Commerce

2016
 

Bill HR 4828 Conscience Protection Act of 2016

Introduced 22 March, 2016, and referred to House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  25 March, 2016: Referred to Subcommittee on Health.

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
2017
 

SB301 Conscience Protection Act of 2017

Introduced 3 February, 2017, and referred to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

2016
 

S2927 Conscience Protection Act of 2016

Introduced 12 May, 2016, and referred to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

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

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
2017 Senate Bill 185

17 May, 2017 - indefinitely postponed

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
2017 House Bill 1628  

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
2020 House Bill 1020 Assisted suicide bill introduced 7 January, 2020
2019 Senate Bill 201  

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

2017 House Bill 1194

 

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 Hampshire
2020 House Bill  1659-FN 8 January, 2020: Introduced.  In committee

2018 House Bill 1787-FN

21 February, 2018: Inexpedient to legislate

2015 House Bill 670

5 May, 2015: Inexpedient to legislate

2012 House Bill 1653

27 June, 2012: Died on the table

2009 House Bill 0304

10 November, 2009: Inexpedient to legislate

2006 House Bill 1492

21 February, 2006: Inexpedient to legislate

2001 House Bill 1209

15 Januar16 January, 2002: Inexpedient to legislate


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.