Monday, July 13, 2020

Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Mark-Up

In a full committee mark-up today, the House Committee on Appropriations passed the FY2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) appropriations bill by a vote of 30 to 22.

Summary of Longstanding Pro-Life Language Retained:
  • Hyde Amendment: Prohibits federal funding of abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother.
  • Hyde-Weldon Amendment: Prevents HHS funding recipients from discriminating against health care entities because they refuse to provide, pay for, or refer for abortion.
  • Dickey-Wicker Amendment: Prevents federal funding of harmful human embryo research.
  • Abuse Reporting: Requires Title X grantees to comply with state reporting laws on child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, or incest.
  • Medicare Advantage Conscience Protection: Ensures that health care entities in Medicare Advantage will not be discriminated against in state and federal programs if they refuse to provide abortions.

The bill also contains anti-life provisions including language eliminating the Title X (Protect Life) Rule, the Conscience Rule, and the Section 1557 Rule.

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