Relevant Legislation

Heartbeat International endorses a wide range of pro-life legislation at the federal level. There is a strong pro-life majority in U.S. House of Representatives (112th Congress) that supports pro-life legislation and the life-saving work of pregnancy help centers. Typically, pro-life legislation that is passed by the House is killed in the U.S. Senate because, at this time, the majority is held by pro-abortion supporters – many of whom are pro-abortion at taxpayer expense.

In addition, Heartbeat considers endorsing pro-life legislation that impacts pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and nonprofit adoption agencies at state and local levels of government. For more information on pro-life legislation, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Federal Legislation of the 112th U.S. Congress

H.R. 5731 (King, R-IA) Telemedicine Safety Act  – To protect taxpayers from subsidizing so-called telemed or webcam abortions and outlaw such procedures when performed on an interstate basis.

Introduced in House 5/10/2012: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. 5/10/2012: Referred to House Judiciary 6/4/2012: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution. 5/10/2012: Referred to House Agriculture 5/10/2012: Referred to House Energy and Commerce 5/11/2012: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. 5/10/2012: Referred to House Natural Resources 5/18/2012: Referred to the Subcommittee Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. 

H.R. 5646 (Huizenga, R-MI) Homeland Security Respect for Life Act – To prohibit funds appropriated for the Department of Homeland Security from being used to pay for an abortion, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House 5/8/2012: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provision as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. 5/8/2012: Referred to House Energy and Commerce 5/11/2012: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. 5/8/2012: Referred to House Judiciary. 5/18/2012: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.

H.R. 3805 (Jordan, R-OH) Ultrasound Informed Consent Act – To ensure that women seeking an abortion receive an ultrasound and the opportunity to review the ultrasound before giving informed consent to receive an abortion. 

Introduced in House 1/23/2012: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R. 3803 (Franks, R-AZ) The D.C. Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – To amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House 1/23/2012:Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. 1/23/2012: Referred to House Judiciary 1/25/2012: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. 1/25/2012: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution. 5/17/2012: Subcommittee Hearings Held. 1/23/2012: Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform. 

H.R. 3802 (Duncan, R-SC3) National Pro-Life Waiting Period Act of 2012 –To require an abortion provider, before performing an abortion, to wait for a period of at least 24 hours.

Prohibits an abortion provider engaged in interstate or foreign commerce from performing an abortion without waiting 24 hours after obtaining a written certification from the pregnant woman certifying the date and time of her first in-person meeting with the provider to seek the abortion. Makes an exception if the abortion is necessary to save a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury, including a physical condition arising from the pregnancy itself. Requires the provider to certify the specific medical conditions that support such determination and include the certification in the woman's medical file.

1/23/2012 Referred to House committee. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R. 3541 (Franks, R-AZ) Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, PRENDA – Imposes criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly or knowingly attempts to: (1) perform an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought based on the sex, gender, color or race of the child, or the race of a parent; (2) use force or the threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection or race-selection abortion; (3) solicit or accept funds for the performance of such an abortion; or (4) transport a woman into the United States or across a state line for the purpose of obtaining such an abortion.

Introduced in House 12/1/2011 Introduced in House 5/29/2012 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 112-496. 5/31/2012 Failed of passage/not agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended FAILED by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 246 - 168 (Roll no. 299). Read more here.

6/13/2012 - U.S. Senator Introduces Sex-Selection Abortion Ban

H.R. 3130 (Bachmann, R-MN) The Heartbeat Informed Consent Bill –  To ensure that women seeking an abortion receive an ultrasound and an opportunity to review the ultrasound before giving informed consent to proceed with an abortion.

Introduced in House 10/6/2011: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. 10/7/2011: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. Read more here.

H.R. 2299 (Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL) The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA) – To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

Reported out of Committee, expected to go to the House floor for a vote this session.

The companion bill in the Senate was introduced by Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL. Read more here.

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H.R. 1179 (Fortenberry, R-NE) Respect for Rights of Conscience Act – To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to protect rights of conscience with regard to requirements for coverage of specific items and services.

Introduced in House 3/17/2011: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. 3/28/2011: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. Read more here.

Resources

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Americans United for Life - Defending Life: State-by-State Legal Guide

It is so important to know if your U.S. lawmakers are representing your values. Thanks to National Right to Life Committee, you can see how your elected officials voted here:

H.R. 5731 (King, R-IA) Telemedicine Safety Act To protect taxpayers from subsidizing so-called telemed or webcam abortions and outlaw such procedures when performed on an interstate basis.

(Introduced in House 5/10/2012: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. 5/10/2012: Referred to House Judiciary 6/4/2012: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution. 5/10/2012: Referred to House Agriculture 5/10/2012: Referred to House Energy and Commerce 5/11/2012: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. 5/10/2012: Referred to House Natural Resources 5/18/2012: Referred to the Subcommittee Indian and Alaska Native Affairs).  

 

H.R. 5646 (Huizenga, R-MI) Homeland Security Respect for Life Act To prohibit funds appropriated for the Department of Homeland Security from being used to pay for an abortion, and for other purposes.(Introduced in House 5/8/2012: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provision as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. 5/8/2012: Referred to House Energy and Commerce 5/11/2012: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. 5/8/2012: Referred to House Judiciary. 5/18/2012: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.)

 

H.R. 3805 (Jordan, R-OH) Ultrasound Informed Consent Act To ensure that women seeking an abortion receive an ultrasound and the opportunity to review the ultrasound before giving informed consent to receive an abortion.  (Introduced in House 1/23/2012: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce).

 

H.R. 3803 (Franks, R-AZ) The D.C. Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection ActTo amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.(Introduced in House 1/23/2012:Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. 1/23/2012: Referred to House Judiciary 1/25/2012: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. 1/25/2012: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution. 5/17/2012: Subcommittee Hearings Held. 1/23/2012: Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform).


 

H.R. 3802 (Duncan, R-SC3) National Pro-Life Waiting Period Act of 2012To require an abortion provider, before performing an abortion, to wait for a period of at least 24 hours.

Prohibits an abortion provider engaged in interstate or foreign commerce from performing an abortion without waiting 24 hours after obtaining a written certification from the pregnant woman certifying the date and time of her first in-person meeting with the provider to seek the abortion. Makes an exception if the abortion is necessary to save a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury, including a physical condition arising from the pregnancy itself. Requires the provider to certify the specific medical conditions that support such determination and include the certification in the woman's medical file. (1/23/2012 Referred to House committee. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.)  

 

H.R. 3541 (Franks, R-AZ) Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, PRENDAImposes criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly or knowingly attempts to: (1) perform an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought based on the sex, gender, color or race of the child, or the race of a parent; (2) use force or the threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection or race-selection abortion; (3) solicit or accept funds for the performance of such an abortion; or (4) transport a woman into the United States or across a state line for the purpose of obtaining such an abortion. (Introduced in House 12/1/2011 Introduced in House 5/29/2012 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 112-496. 5/31/2012 Failed of passage/not agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended FAILED by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 246 - 168 (Roll no. 299). [Read more here: http://www.heartbeatinternational.org/archive/archived-updates/591-prenda]

H.R. 3130 (Bachmann, R-MN) The Heartbeat Informed Consent Bill To ensure that women seeking an abortion receive an ultrasound and an opportunity to review the ultrasound before giving informed consent to proceed with an abortion. (Introduced in House 10/6/2011: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. 10/7/2011: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health). [Read more here: http://www.heartbeatinternational.org/archive/archived-updates/472-hb-bill]

 

H.R. 2299 (Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL) The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act(CIANA)To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.(Reported out of Committee, expected to go to the House floor for a vote this session.) The companion bill in the Senate was introduced by Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL. [Read more here: http://www.heartbeatinternational.org/archive/archived-updates/566-ciana]

 

H.R. 1179 (Fortenberry, R-NE) Respect for Rights of Conscience Act To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to protect rights of conscience with regard to requirements for coverage of specific items and services. (Introduced in House 3/17/2011: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. 3/28/2011: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. [Read more here: http://www.heartbeatinternational.org/archive/archived-updates/505-right-of-conscience]