Health Care Provider and Hospital Conscience Protection Act (S. 220)
This law was last updated on Nov 6, 2018
S. 220 would prohibit the federal government and any state or local government that receives federal financial assistance from discriminating or retaliating against any individual or health-care entity because of a refusal to recommend, refer for, provide coverage for, pay for, provide, perform, assist, or participate in any abortion.
Such discrimination or retaliation includes:
- denial, deprivation, or disqualification in licensing;
- withholding accreditations, authorizations, loans, grants, aids, assistance, benefits, or privileges; and
- withholding authorization to expand, improve, finance, or create facilities or programs.
The bill would create a cause of action for any violation of this Act and authorize the Attorney General to file a civil action seeking injunctive or declaratory relief to enforce compliance.
Identical to S. 143, which failed to pass during the 2013-2014 legislative session.