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As Congress prepares to pass our FY2018 "omnibus" appropriations bill in the next week, it is critically important that our Representatives and Senators work to defend the conscience rights of pro-life healthcare providers who are increasingly under attack in our nation. Congress must include the Conscience Protection Act (CPA) in the final spending bill since the House already included it to stop government discrimination against pro-lifers who object to being forced to participate in abortion.

Under President Obama's administration, pro-life healthcare providers were given two options: violate their religious and conscience rights, or suffer the consequences, despite previously passed federal laws that should have protected them from this heinous form of discrimination.

Nurse Cathy DeCarlo was forced by her federally-funded hospital to help with a late-term abortion procedure despite her moral objections based upon her Christian faith. While this violated a federal conscience law, the judge said she didn't have a right to sue the government. Other examples of discrimination involve states such as California, Oregon, and recently Washington have mandated abortion coverage for insurance, so that individuals and employers have no pro-life options -- even though these actions directly violate federal conscience laws like the Weldon conscience amendment passed each year on spending bills to prevent exactly this type of discrimination against pro-life healthcare providers.

Under President Trump, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created a new division to work on conscience rights for pro-life healthcare providers and implementing a regulation for current laws. Just this year alone, more than 300 health workers have filed complaints to HHS about their religious or conscience rights being violated by a state, their employer or a healthcare provider.

The good news is that HHS is doing important work to end the systematic discrimination against pro-life medical providers in our country, but it's not enough. We need to make sure that a future president can't undermine conscience rights as Obama did by simply erasing this regulation. Congress therefore must pass CPA to ensure that pro-life healthcare entities are not forced to participate in abortion against their consciences and to enable victims of government discrimination for their pro-life stance to pursue legal action against the state. Victims of abortion discrimination deserve to have their day in court.

Please call or email your Representative and Senators now to ensure that the Conscience Protection Act is included in the FY2018 spending bill that will be sent to President Trump later this month.

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