Late on April 30, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 43, a resolution to overturn the “Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA), a local law passed by the District of Columbia’s city council.
The National Right to Life Committee strongly supported the resolution to stop the RHNDA Act. The vote was 228-192.
Unfortunately, the Senate chose not to vote on the resolution, so the RHNDA took effect over the weekend in D.C.
Under RHNDA, prolife Washington, DC,-based employers (like the National Right to Life Committee) could be forced to hire people who advocate for abortion because not to do so would be “discrimination.”
Under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, Congress has the right to review and overturn laws created by the city council.
Rep. Nita Lowy, who represents Rockland County in the House of Representatives, voted to uphold the RHNDA Act.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), announced candidate for the presidency in 2016, released a statement urging his colleages in the Senate to strike down the RHNDA, and a spokesperson for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky), also a candidate, wrote in an email to CQ Roll Call on Monday that “Sen. Paul has always been strongly opposed to the government usurping the constitutional rights of American citizens, and will continue to fight to preserve our nation’s religious freedom.”