US House passes bill to protect health providers who won't provide abortionsBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7468.703-b (Published 23 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:703
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- New York
A “conscience” clause attached to the House of Representatives' 2005 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education protects healthcare providers that will not provide abortions or refer patients for abortions.
The broad amendment, introduced by Dr Dave Weldon, a Florida Republican, says that funds in the bill may not be made available to a federal, state, or local programme that “subjects any institutional or individual health care entity to discrimination on the basis that the health care entity does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.” An entity is “an individual physician or other health care professional, a hospital, a provider-sponsored organisation, a health maintenance organisation, a health insurance plan, or any other kind of health care facility, …