A bill to amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to provide religious conscience protections for individuals and organizations. Read More


This bill was introduced on Jan 30, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to provide religious conscience protections for individuals and organizations.

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


This Act may be cited as the ``Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012''.


Congress finds that-- (1) religious freedom and liberty of conscience are inalienable rights protected by the Declaration of Independence and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution; (2) on August 1, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a mandate requiring individual and group health plans to cover free sterilization and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including drugs that many believe induce abortions; (3) the mandate's exemption for ``religious employers'' excludes those religious organizations, including charities, hospitals, schools or soup kitchens, that hire or serve individuals who do not share their religious tenets; (4) that narrow exemption, unprecedented in Federal law, excludes thousands of religiously affiliated hospitals, schools, charities, and businesses; and (5) despite receiving thousands of comments protesting the absurdly narrow exemption, the Department of Health and Human Services nonetheless announced on January 20, 2012, that it would not broaden the exemption but would instead give religious institutions an additional year to ``adapt'' their consciences to the mandate.


Section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300gg-13) is amended by adding at the end the following:...

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MARJORIE DANNENFELSER, PRESIDENT OF THE SUSAN B. ANTHONY LIST: “Senator Rubio is a valiant defender of unborn children, their mothers, and the conscience rights of pro-life Americans. Just this week, Sen. Rubio introduced the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 to stop the Obama Administration’s radical attack on the First Amendment freedoms of Americans with the recent HHS contraceptive mandate. We look forward to Sen. Rubio’s continued pro-life leadership.”

Susan B. Anthony List 3 years ago

MANDI CAMPBELL, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC POLICY, LIBERTY COUNSEL ACTION: “Liberty Counsel Action, on behalf of more than 750,000 members nationwide, would like to express support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012. … [W]e appreciate the exemption that your bill provides to secure the consciences of those with deep and sincere religious convictions opposed to the coverage of contraceptives (especially those that act as abortifacients) and sterilization, the provision of which is currently mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Thank you, Senator Rubio, for introducing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012.”

Liberty Counsel 3 years ago

THE BECKET FUND FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: “Unlike other pending bills that address conscience issues, Senator Rubio’s bill—The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012—is narrowly focused and establishes a firm religious exemption in the insurance requirements imposed by the Affordable Care Act, rather than leaving it to the discretion of government bureaucrats. The bill ensures that no regulations under the health insurance reform law will force religious individuals to violate their religious beliefs by offering, providing, or purchasing insurance coverage for services that violate their beliefs, and forbids the government from imposing a penalty due to their religious conviction.”


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