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H.R. 5650: To amend title X of the Public Health Service Act to provide for no discrimination under the family planning program under such title on the basis... Read More

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This bill was introduced on May 9, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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May 9, 2012

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To amend title X of the Public Health Service Act to provide for no discrimination under the family planning program under such title on the basis of separate provision of abortion.

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 ``Protecting Women's Access to Health Care Act''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following: (1) The family planning program under title X of the Public Health Service Act was created in 1970 to ensure low-income women have access to birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and other basic health care services. (2) Under current law, funds provided under such title X cannot be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning. (3) Federal courts have consistently held that it is a violation of Federal law for States to discriminate against health care providers by excluding such providers from participating in title X on the basis that such providers provide abortion services using funds that are not provided under such title X (referred to in this section as ``non-title X funding''). (4) Despite these court findings, State and local governments continue to seek to pass laws intended to prevent health care providers from being eligible for funding under such title X on the basis that such providers provide abortion services with non-title X funding. (5) These State laws threaten access to lifesaving cancer screenings, birth...

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Bill Summary

H.R. 5650: To amend title X of the Public Health Service Act to provide for no discrimination under the family planning program under such title on the basis of separate provision of abortion.

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