The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conscience Protection Act yesterday by a vote of 245-182. This bill protects physicians, nurses, clinics, hospitals, and even health insurance providers from being forced by the government to provide, refer, or pay for abortions.
Nita Lowey voted against this legislation. Lowey is the representative of the 17th Congressional District in New York, which covers Rockland County.
The Senate now must pass this bill for it to become law.
For a precise and short discussion of why this bill was necessary, read “Obama’s Assault on the Right of Conscience,” (Politico) by David Weldon, former member of the House of Representatives, who sponsored the Weldon Amendment (2009), which aimed to protect those who object to abortion.
The Conscience Protection Act is the second big prolife victory in the House in recent years. In May 2015 it passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. This bill was blocked by the Senate in September.