Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling Votes to Protect Life, Defend the First Amendment

Jul 13, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after the House passed the Conscience Protection Act:

“The House took another important step today to protect life and defend every American’s First Amendment Right to follow the dictates of their conscience.  The Conscience Protection Act ensures that those who are morally opposed to abortion are not forced by the government to pay for it, support it, or perform it. 

“Currently, there is longstanding, bipartisan, annual federal appropriations language, known as the Weldon Amendment, which protects health care providers from discrimination if they choose not to participate in abortions.  Unfortunately, that’s not enough.  The Obama Administration’s Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services has distorted the law to allow states to violate the conscience rights of Americans.  Among several reported cases, nurses in California have recently been forced to participate in life-ending procedures under the threat of losing their employment.  This is unconscionable, unacceptable and flouts our fundamental Constitutional rights.

“In my heart and in my head, I can come to no other conclusion than that life begins at conception. As a matter of law, science, and faith, there is no more fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution than the right to life. No American should ever be compelled against his or her will to contribute to the loss of innocent human life.  This bill helps to ensure that won’t happen.”

The Conscience Protection Act passed in the House 245-182.